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They're calling it ìThe Great Inversionî, a photographer's dream weather conditions. A combination of high pressure over cold ground and clear skies can trap that cold air and moisture, creating a blanket of low lying cloud and mist over a frosty landscape. Most people would have experienced it as just another gloomy winter day. However, if you got above the cold layer, you would appear, like a surfacing submarine, into blue skies and warm weather (over 10C on top of Ben Nevis! A chilly -5C below the cloud).
I had a wander out to try to catch some of the inversion after seeing a video from Peter Ribbeck, but, as usual, I was late to the party and only saw a mini-inversion over Fort William - it's always a good walk up Ben Nevis though. You can see just how widespread the effect was in this amazing NASA satellite image which shows the low-level cloud flowing mostly around the Central Belt and the North-West. For those in the Lochaber area, the Glencoe Ski Centre has a webcam up at around 3,000 ft which can tell you if itís worth a wander above the clouds or not. Next time! (the forlorn call of the lazy landscape photographer).
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