Sunday in the Inner Coire
3rd March 2019
……but not picnic weather today!
(Above)Â 1226hrs: the tail end of a Size One (small) avalanche from Crescent Gully in the Inner Coire. Very lucky to get at least some of the action captured by the camera since there’d been another avalanche in the same gully 6 minutes earlier that I’d seen but couldn’t get the camera out in time. Definitely not sluffs or spindrift avalanches either since the debris was clearly slabby prior to travelling over the crags. In the scheme of things quite minor events. The avalanche activity occurred a few minutes after a particularly heavy snow shower on blustery WSW winds. Two fairly typical Scottish avalanches.
(Above) The top of Crescent Gully denoted by an arrow in the image above. Start zone was at 1050m and a bang on NE aspect. (An unerringly accurate forecast for today – I thought!) 🙂
(Above) The Window today. Thin new snow cover above 850m but of course the wind was blowing in some windslab onto lee areas. Was raining/sleeting below 900m for a time during the day after colder conditions and some snowfall overnight. Instability tended to be localised and confined to very steep N to E facing aspects, in particular NE-facing gullies above 1000m.
(Above) Looking down to Lochan a Choire and Coire Ardair from the Inner Coire. A thin covering of snow down to 850m. Pretty minging weather down low in the sleety rain and blustery wind.
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4th March 2019 9:28 am
Great blogs as ever!
And I take my hat off to your forecasting skills!
4th March 2019 2:51 pm
Re. Forecasting – We try our best, often having to deal with many variables and significant uncertainty. Sometimes we get it wrong too, but to err is part of the human condition.
Appreciate your comment, Patrick.