Snow in Scotland – Where snow patches from last winter survived the summer months

“Ah-hem,” says reader Caroline Snyder. “Isn’t that how glaciers begin?”


6 Oct 11 – “Cairgorm in the Highlands was the first place in the UK to experience the chill of winter as the ski slopes on the Scottish resort experienced the first dump of snow,” says this article on

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland said the snow fell where snow patches from last winter – one of Scotland’s hardest winters on record – had survived through the summer months.

Forecasters are predicting frost across England at the weekend.

See entire article entitled “Britain’s barmy weather! Snow falls in Scotland just days after heatwave brought south second crop of strawberries in six months” pick-second-crop-strawberries-October-days-country-bakes-record-temperatures.html

Thanks to Caroline Snyder and Miguel for this link

Yes, Caroline. That is indeed how glaciers begin.

19 thoughts on “Snow in Scotland – Where snow patches from last winter survived the summer months”

  1. This is how thigs begin, this is exactly how Würm started, how Riss started. And how the next one will start! 🙂

  2. As the highlands of Scotland have a sub-arctic climate, it’s not unusual for snow to fall in early October or for snow patches from the previous winter to survive well into the following autumn. On the Cairngorm webcam today, at around the 3600 ft level, much of yesterday’s snow had melted.

  3. Yes Frédéric there is a good chance you are right allthough I suspect further observations are in order to be sure of the matter. Mass relocation of populations is a very big deal and needs to be based on solid evidence. Let us all watch for that evidence.

  4. This year I have noticed the same thing along the 300 mile length of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mts. Numerous places normally bare of snow during the summer now have snow fields that have survived the summer. Most of them occupy cirques that long ago once contained glaciers.

  5. We had some snow around here in Colorado stick around all summer also. It’s nice to see. I’d love to see glaciers return someday so that I don’t have to travel to see them.

  6. If only my ecology doctor reads this or see it live then maybe she will be convinced and stops blabbing about global warming and CO2 effect on earth’s climate!!

  7. still laughing that the uk thinks 30C is hot,
    and the 4mth early lambs? not prem as implied..just they left the rams in with ewes, maybe its cos that in aus we lamb year round anyway its no big deal.

  8. The claim that this is normal for the cairngorms needs checking. There are various websites in the uk where you can play guess when the snow has all gone. It has invariably been mid June to early July. This is unusual.

  9. It’s not unknown for snow patches to last the summer in Scotland. There have been articles which have discussed the places most likely to achieve that (notably on Ben Nevis, Cairngorm and Braeriach).

    It’ certainly a phenomenon which has been relatively rare recently, but it’s happened plenty of times in the past 100 years.

  10. I was so upset with “Discovery World” who are still talking about the world warming up? Are they just stupid or part of the Global Warming fraud?

  11. Clearly an imminent peril that strawberries will engulf Britain and wipe out the snow! Where’s the critical research on ancient Strawberry Ages?? Rivers shall run red…

  12. I’m 57 and have lived in scotland all my life, I have seen patches of snow survive all year in the mountains but don’t remember snow arriving this early before.

  13. Thank you Robert for your efforts and your new webside.

    In northern Europa from June to September there has been unusual amount of precipitation. Our local newspaper told us that if all the rain had been coming down as snow, the snow height on the ground would have been 4,6 meter……

    The grain harvest has been very bad this year, and so was it the two years before. The potato chips industries have problems with the quality and the volume of the harvest this autumn. The fields have been too wet for many farmers to use their machines. This reminds me of the first 30 years af he 1300th century and the first 30 years of the 1800th century. It was cold and wet. If we have been living under conditions 200 years ago, there would be starvation in Norway the coming year.

    What will this winter be? I do not know. It was blistering cold last winter, especially in December and January. Some stations in the southern part of Norway measured record low temperatures in December, in Agder and Hordaland, for 100 and 200 years. According to my local wood seller, people have doubled their purchase this autumn. And so did I.

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