Severe weather and snow conditions on Cairngorm summit in February to March 2018

Kendon, Mike ; Diggins, Mark

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Severe winter weather from late February to early March 2018 brought widespread snowfalls and temperatures below freezing across the UK, especially across upland areas of northern England and Scotland most exposed to the strong easterly airflow. Cairngorm summit recorded unusually severe conditions, with wind chill temperatures approaching −30°C. This article compares air temperatures and wind speeds observed at Cairngorm summit with observations made over the last 25 years. It also provides a perspective of snowpack conditions and avalanche hazard on the ground from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).

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