2005 PART 1:
Winter's last gasp: surreal snow showers
8th April 2005
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A final(?), Northerly outbreak
occurred towards the end of this week and Friday the 8th
signified an unstable, convective airflow and an excuse
to get out there with camera. Snow showers were widely
forecast for coastal regions and so the favoured venue of
the big layby near Llwyngwiril, overlooking Northern
Cardigan Bay, was chosen....
At first, small Cumulonimbus clouds out to sea
gave light falls of what looked to be snow.....
the north, heavier developments were underway
over the Llyn Peninsula. Here, heavier shafts of
falling snow part obscure the hills. This shower
intensified as it moved back out across the bay
and straight towards me....
...totally obscuring the view as it trundled
across the sea...
...like a curtain, it shut out all that was
beyond. Here it is less than half a mile away. An
absolute blizzard followed - for 10-15 minutes! I
like the weirdness of this photo!
With nothing of further note heading down, I
followed it homewards. Here it is across on the S
side of the Dyfi Estuary. This is an interesting
photo as the snow is marking out the downdraught
caused by it dragging cold air down with it. On
hitting the ground that air fans out away from
the cloud - hence the snow being blown along the
ground at the RHS of the cloudbase here.
Only a quick trip out, then, but the April
Showers would soon be kicking off and some
serious storm-chasing would be on the cards!
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