Why are Nockberge allways so...

Why are Nockberge allways so dry? They are ideal for tour skiing, but in the last 10 years they allways lack snow. Also this winter. While northern chains of Eastern alps have up to 2 m of snow, here, on Kleiner Speikkofel on the altitude of 2100m it's all bare. Anyway, skiing down to St. Lorenzen was great :-))

In the distance are Julian Alps, the whole range from Triglav to Mangart. February 8th, 2005.


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Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Feb 15, 2005 5:12 pm - Voted 10/10

few snow

thats's because you always have better weather in the south... ;-)


Velebit - Feb 15, 2005 5:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: few snow

Well, this very interesting subject Mathias. And on the south it is much worse weather by the way :-) Because I follow the Alpine weather for almost a decade now, including Villacher Alpe which has the same weather as Nockberge, I know the situation. Now Villacher Alpe only have 32cm of snow! It is amazing when you think the these mountains are virtually squeezed between Hohe Tauern and Julian Alps which have so much snow and are so close! As Vid says, and I don't know how it was before, but we know that it’s like this for a decade now, at least. While those two groups have meters of snow, here it is counted in centimeters and only up to the number 50. Even in year 2000 when nearby Julian Alps had 7m of snow there was only 50cm on Dobratsch!?! Airline between them is around 10km! Now there is 3m of snow in nearby Hohe Tauern and here it is mostly exposed ground!?! I wish some meteorologist would explain to me what is going on here. The only logical explanation seams to be that Julians and Tauerns take all the snow leaving everything in between dry?

Vid Pogachnik

Vid Pogachnik - Feb 16, 2005 3:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: few snow

That was my explanation too, Sasa. If snowy weather comes from the west, then Carnic Alps, Julian Alps and others get it (and Hohe Tauern too). If it comes from the north, then Dachstein, Berchtesgadener Alps and others get it. And Nockberge are allways in the middle.

Mathias, I would make an exchange - you give us a week of snowing, we give you a week of sunny weather :-)

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