Cairn Gormless on Snow Records
Inverness woman sets 'all year round' Cairn Gorm ski record - Scotsman.com News
Last year's record snowfall, along with snow last week, has led to a rush on tickets for this year, with CairnGorm Mountain Ltd reporting an increase of almost 20 per cent in season ticket sales on previous years.
"There is a high level of expectation because we had such a fantastic season last year," said the spokesperson. "However, there is a persistent concern about the effect of global warming for all Scottish ski resorts. Despite having a bumper year last year, in 2006 we had our worst season ever. Sadly, that is more representative a picture of the snow on the mountain in Scotland."
It is of interest to see that there is no long-term trend in the snow data, although there is a recent downward trend from 1993/4 to the latest year in the record. In future we would expect that warming will reduce the number of days with snow lying, and hence the viability of the skiing industry. However, this does not necessarily follow immediately: a more active hydrological cycle in the early years of global warming might lead to more snow days, provided that the warming in winter is small enough to keep temperatures below zero.
More snow, less snow, the same snow, it is all a worrying sign of global warming.
And if it is such an urgent problem why is it so hard to find the recent data?