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After the deluge - Glencoe - December 1966

Camping near Kingshouse and Sron na Creise, Glencoe.

A "conveyor belt" of warm sector southwesterlies (not understood at the time of the photo) had given 10 inches (240 mm) of rainfall and very mild conditions for 48 hours, stripping the snow from the mountains and causing widespread flooding east of the Highland watershed, Worst affected were places like the Conon valley. Many livestock were lost and folk were evacuated from their homes for a time. At least two scientific papers on this weather event appeared in the meteorological magazine "Weather". The forecast was very innacurate - the conveyor belt process that produces heavy, prolonged rainfall in our western mountains not being understood at that time. The deadly, record 24 and 48 hour rainfalls occurring in Cumbria in November 2009 were caused by this phenomenon, too.


Russian roulette with the weather in those days. We had planned a week of climbing in Glencoe for this week. No daylight of any length, no snow, flooding - even into the tent. Went home early having done nothing.


Scanned from Agfacolour 35mm slide. Taken with budget Halina Paulette camera and struggling with poor exposure! Processed with Paint Shop Pro 9.

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