Archive for December, 2007

Obsessed with snow…no, not me… ;-)

Posted in Weather with tags , on December 21, 2007 by ayrshiretiger

Well yesterday ptc* and I were discussing the forthcoming festive period weather and fortunately he took my advice and got out today for a cracking wander around the Kilpatrick Hills before it turns milder this weekend.  As he says himself, lucky bastard!

Anyway it got me thinking that it’s that time of the year when some of us start to watch the weather charts for signs of the elusive white stuff so I thought I’d post links to a few weather websites.

The first thing I would say is that some weather websites such as Metcheck and the BBC 5 Day forecast appear to give very detailed information.  However these should not necessarily be relied on as they are simply based on computer generated models with no human input.  Much better to look at Geoff Monk’s excellent MWIS mountain forecasts with three day forecasts for five separate Scottish areas as well as the Lakes, Peak District and Snowdonia.  The Met Office also produce their own slightly less detailed mountain forecasts.

The Weather Outlook Forum (or TWO) is inhabited by some very knowledgeable weather folk and while at times it does get a bit technical it really is an excellent source of information.  The Mountain Conditions thread is worth keeping an eye on as is the daily “Today’s Analysis” thread (note: no link as it’s a new one each day).

For actual synoptic charts the University of Cologne Meteorology Department provides an excellent summary of the UK Met Office charts amongst loads of other useful information.

Getting back to the white stuff produces three day forecasts for Glencoe, Nevis Range and Cairngorm.

Other favourites are the Winter Highland Forum (see in particular the epic Mother of All Snow Ramping thread!)

And should there be a real dumping the Scottish Avalanche Information Service will hopefully keep you out of harms way.

Finally Netweather has an excellent thread on Winter Snow Setups which shows you what to look for in weather charts for the best chance of snow.

And if you’re really keen Cicerone publish a “Mountain Weather” book that I really will have to buy one day!

As I said I’m not really obsessed!  You wouldn’t catch me looking out of the window to see the first snowflakes catch the light under the lamposts…now where’s that ice axe?  😉


Great Weekend

Posted in Hull City, Munros with tags , , on December 17, 2007 by ayrshiretiger

Well I guess I’d better make a second post!

Well on Saturday the mighty Tigers got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Leicester.  So one game from the half way point of the season and we have 30 points and are mid-table, which is a lot better than the same stage last season!  You never know we might even be in with a chance of a play-off place!

On Sunday Elaina and I set off for Ben More near Crianlarich with the promise of a possible cloud inversion from Geoff Monk of the Mountain Weather Information Service.  It didn’t look too promising on the way up but on the descent to the saddle below Stob Binnein we had some amazing views of clouds rolling down the mountain and views to the west including this one:

Cloud inversion from Ben More

Still trying to get the hang of inserting photos so hope this works…

Just Testing

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2007 by ayrshiretiger


Just testing!