As per 2013, I thought I'd kick off this season early. This is as much to do with using the forum as a diary and aide memoir for subsequent writings. Incidentally, the 2013 paper has been drafted and is being passed around the authors for comment. All those who are mentioned in the acknowledgements will receive a copy of the final paper.
So... Where are with snow cover compared to previous years?
After a good start in November, with significant falls occurring across many ranges, most of this early season snow vanished in a mild end to the month. By the 14th of December things were looking pretty thin. [saislochaber.blogspot.co.uk
However, from the 17th December onward there followed storm after storm after storm, particularly in the west. So much snow fell in two weeks that Glencoe and Nevis Range were able to offer superb skiing across much of the mountain. I also heard from a well-known mountaineer that he'd never seen so much snow in Observatory Gully. Whilst I think this is an over-exaggeration, it does show just how much is actually out there.
The great thing about these storms is that they've virtually all come in from the Atlantic. Huge deposits of snow have built up in NE facing corries, and it is not hyperbole to say that if we get more of the same then we could be looking at the best season since 2000 (where 41 patches survived).
I will update this thread as and when. A good place to look, though, is the SAIS website blog. Aonach Mòr and Nevis looking very, very white! [saislochaber.blogspot.co.uk