Fife Weather News

This section aims to document interesting or outstanding weather events, either forecast or observed around Fife.

If you have witnessed noteworthy weather conditions or phenomenon in your area of Fife (especially if you managed to capture photos), please do drop us a line, so we can include your observations in this news section!

To snow or not to snow, that is the question! Whether we will have a white Christmas, is always a source of interest and discussion in the lead up to Christmas and there has been a lot of speculation about this.  

Now that we're half way through November, something that I'm getting asked often at the moment, is when will it get really cold and when will it snow? Obviously if I could answer either of those questions with any degree of certainty, I would be a very wealthy man! Medium and long range forecasting (anything further out than a few days) is not a simple business!

For the past few days, the forecasting models have been hinting towards a setup that would pull down cold air from the Arctic, potentially bringing the first of this seasons widespread, sub-zero temperatures to Fife.  

This can be seen on the below GFS thickness chart (which represents the temperature of the atmosphere), where the blue (cold) air can be seen moving down from the North:

Over the past 24 hours, a large and slow moving band of rain has brought flooding to parts of Fife. As rain accumulation figures soared overnight, particularly in the North East of Fife, flooding caused travel disruption and some drivers had to be rescued from their flood-stricken vehicles.

Last night and very early this morning, a geomagnetic storm resulted in the Northern Lights (Aurora) being visible from many parts of the UK, including Fife.

Fife based photographer, Zöe Barrie, braved the chilly conditions last night to capture these stunning images from right here in Fife. A big thanks to Zöe for permission to reproduce a sample of her wonderful pictures here. You can view her full gallery from the evening on Flickr and you can also follow Zöe on twitter.

Aurora Oct 2012

Aurora Oct 2012

James Glen from was visiting the wind-farm development near Little Raith Farm on the 25th of August 2012, when this funnel cloud started to form around 4:30pm.

The images were captured halfway between Mossmorran and South Street on the Little Raith Wind Farm site, looking towards Cowdenbeath.

This summer has been a particularly active season for storms, not only in Fife, but across the UK as a whole.  



I have provided a full write-up explaining the phenomenon of funnel clouds to James, which he has been published on the website.

Brian Diplacito kindly e-mailed in these photographs he captured of funnel clouds forming over the hill near Kinglassie.  The images were captured on the 14th of July, around 4:30pm.

Funnel Cloud 1

Funnel Cloud 2

A big thanks to Brian for getting in touch and sending us these great pictures of a relatively uncommon weather event for Fife.


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