Quite a few comments and posts on various social media pages about how it was always snowy in the 80s and 90s etc! Some will remember the terrible run of seasons that was 88/89. 89/90 and 91/92 with something or a reprieve in 1991!
Meteorlogically the period leading up to winter the past couple of seasons has had striking similarities to 88/89 and 89/90. In the former we didn't see any lift served riding in Scotland until mid February when CairnGorm managed to open just the middle third of Coire Cas!
Transient snow events in big storms did occur prior to the season getting underway, one of these events was the weekend of Sat 4th / Sun 5th Feb:
This put down a significant amount of new hill snow, particularly in the Western Highlands (and in particularly the Ness catchment caught a lot).
The inevitable warm front swept in on high winds and very heavy rain, the unconsolidated new snow basically just meant that 3-4 days of precipitation was concentrated into one!
On the morning of Tuesday 7th February 1989 the central span of Ness Railway viaduct toppled in to Inveness Harbour as the River Ness reached the highest level on record.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 13.36hrs Sat 25 Jan 20 by alan.