The picture was taken in County Durham earlier today. It's not a record of the first snowfall in the UK this winter - I think that belongs to Scotland as the A93 was blocked a couple of times in recent weeks - but it's predicted that temperatures will drop as low as -10 later this week in rural parts of the country.
But that wasn't what caught my eye in the article. It was the comment from the Met Office forecaster Alex Fox:
of March this year at the top of Braemar, a mountain in Scotland that's 1,000ft abov
.'The last time temperatures reached that low was on the night of the 9th and 10th of March this year at the top of Braemar, a mountain in Scotland that's 1,000ft above sea level.
Braemar isn't a mountain in Scotland, it's rather a pretty town nestling in the Grampian mountains and at the northerly end of Glenshee. The highest mountain is Lochnagar at 3,786ft with Beinn a' Ghoi and Beinn Dearg following closely behind at 3,671ft and 3,304ft respectively. Braemar town is just over 1,000ft above sea level.
For all its faults the Mail usually gets quotes correct and it's no surprise that the Met Office employs those who know little about the topography of north Scotland. After all, it's the Met Office who are responsible for some of the nonsense we're told about man being responsible for climate change.
Anyway time to dig out the boots and gloves. Winter is on the way.