Wide variety of snow surfaces.
21st March 2020
Covid-19 – SAIS general advice regarding mountain activities.
In its daily blogs SAIS forecasters illustrate the mountain landscape with the objective of providing information regarding snow cover and mountain hazards. This information is intended to enable enjoyment of the winter mountains with knowledge and safety and aid decision making and route choice for those planning to visit Scotland’s hills and mountains.
During the current situation with Covid-19 we would encourage all those going outdoors to be mindful of unintended consequences of their actions and the potential impact on medical and rescue personnel. Consider your objectives carefully in relation to current conditions and BE SAFE!
With grateful thanks.
The SAIS team
Dry day and quite cold, too, especially up here on the Carn Liath plateau in the nagging SE wind. Strong enough to re-distribute some snow as windslab on to NW aspects. Check out the sizeable incised notch on the skyline to the right of the photo. That’s the ‘Min Window’ (not
‘The Window’, that’s above the Inner Coire in upper Coire Ardair) and if you look carefully you’ll see a tail of spindrift extending out over this narrow defile.
Pretty much every type of snow surface present at Creag Meagaidh today. Moist, quite dense snow at lower altitudes then, higher up, crusty snow, hard snow-ice and denser old windslab. Recently developed softer new windslab also featured.
Lingering instability now tending to be confined to very steep N to NE above 900m (where it’s heavily shaded), some E aspects – particularly deeper, partially shaded gullies – and NW aspects where there’s some new windslab.
(Above) Detail of the Min Window. Drifting snow that’s been scoured of the plateau. New windslab wasn’t extensive on (mainly NW-facing) lee slopes but it’s likely to continue on and off overnight and become deeper by the morning. Two ski-tourers in the photo as well.
This popped up on my news feed this afternoon:-
The full story is found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51990534
I was shopping (or attempting to shop) at my local Co-op store in Newtonmore yesterday and had a topical conversation with the person operating the checkout.
Me: ‘I see that canned goods seem to the latest panic buying items.’
Checkout person: ‘Yes. People have travelled up here from England and cleared the shelves of canned stuff and bog rolls. Some of them have shoplifted it too.’
Me: ‘What, here in Newtonmore? Up from England?’
Checkout person: ‘Yes, from this shop and they weren’t holidaymakers. They were targeting the place.’
Similar tales at Aldi in Aviemore with vanloads of essentials being cleared off the shelves by outsiders.
Words fail me.
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