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The longest lasting patch of snow in the Highlands, known as the Sphinx, could completely vanish by the weekend. UPDATED


Updated 30th September 2017:

On the last day of September Iain Cameron commented, "And so that is that for 2017, folks. Garbh Choire Mor's Sphinx was small enough to carry today. Scotland's last snow will be gone tomorrow."



19th September 2017:

A man who photographs and measures snow in Scotland, says the patch at Garbh Choire Mor on Braeriach in the Cairngorms will not last much longer.

Iain Cameron says it's disappeared only six times previously in the last 300 years.

The last time it melted was 11 years ago.

Records show that it melted in 1933, 1953, 1959, 1996, 2003 and 2006.

Scotland's oldest patch of snowThe Sphinx at the weekend













In a post on Twitter after visiting on Saturday Iain Cameron wrote: "Sphinx has a matter of days left. I'm displeased."


The Sphinx is one of only two patches of snow surviving in Scotland's hills this year.

The second patch at Aonach Beag is also expected to melt away in days.

He posted this video of his visit to Aonach Beag taken on Sunday:


Iain Cameron, whose records of snow are published by the Royal Meteorological Society,  reported in August that there was no snow on Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, for the first time in 11 years.

Ben Nevis, ScotlandSnowless Ben Nevis, Scotland













It's a stark contrast to the situation in Scotland two years ago.

In 2015, 73 patches of snow survived the summer, the most for 21 years.

Scotland's ski season was badly affected by a lack of snow last winter.

Several initiatives are being introduced to ensure snowsports can continue:

Sphinx & Pinnacle in AugustSphinx (top) and another patch since melted in August - photo Iain Cameron Facebook















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