Wet down low, snowy up high.

20th March 2014

(Above) The hill was awash with run off this morning. Snow a little later but only settling above 700m.
(Above) Ominous glide cracks continue to widen on Sron a Ghoire’s east and south faces this morning. 

Distinctly wider than a few days ago, made worse by the persistent thaw and wet weather. Difficult to say when full depth avalanches will run but colder temps should bring some temporary respite.

(Above) Surface loose snow sluffs this afternoon at around 800m on Sron a Ghoire – same place as previous photo. Snowfall more persistent and to a lower altitude as it became noticeably colder.

(Above) The rainfall has its uses. 

This is the recently built take-out point for the new micro hydro scheme recently commissioned by SNH Creag Meagaidh. Being off-grid meant that in the past SNH had to rely on a noisy and smelly diesel generator but this has now been reassigned as a back up for the new clean energy scheme. Maximum output is about 28KWH and is enough to supply the immediate and future needs of the increasingly busy Aberarder Farmhouse.

(Above) The recently completed shed housing the turbine and electrical equipment. The back up diesel generator is behind the double doors. Water from the Allt Coire Ardair enters near the concrete plinth to the left of the shed and exits unseen to a tail race back into the burn.

(Above) Inside the generating shed showing the turbine and switching gear etc. This set up should save nearly 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

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