Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Strong SE winds, Severe drifting

Looking toward Coire na Ciste and Coire Cas - As good as it gets !

A very windy day with persistent snowfall and heavy drifting above 800m - windslab lies on top of  the soft snow layer of Monday making for a weak snowpack in places on West through North to East aspects. Gusting over 70 on tops around midday.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Poor Visibility Day - New Snow

In Coire an t Sneachda with Alladins Buttress in the background.
The snowpack is becoming more stable due to the fluctuating temperatures helping the various layers bond together. New snow fall with strong winds will change the picture somewhat, creating areas of unstable windslab on many aspects.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A clear day

   At last good views with lighter winds;  This is looking towards Aladdins Buttress, cornices overhang the corrie top.
Coire an Lochain; light drifting at this level.
The Goat track and Fiacaill Buttress.

Evidence of Ptarmigan having a sleep over in this drift.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

lighter snow showers with strong winds.

 Very strong WSW winds above 1000 metres today.  This is the Fiacaill a Choire Chais ridge.  Drifted    snow has been piling in on N to W aspects.  Recent loose snow avalanche debris was observed       below the steep NE facing slope of the Coire rim.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The wind is back

Cold with drifting snow above 950 metres

Milder conditions at lower altitudes with soft wet snow

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Calm weather for a change

Travel on Ski's can be fun if you pick your route

Interesting ski descents - a mixture of soft and hard wind slab with a hard crusty surface in exposed areas.

A rare moment of sunshine

Conditions were so pleasant that we even had time to stop for a  boxing day chat

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas from Northern Cairngorm

A glimpse of Coire an Lochain between heavy snow showers

At 650 metres, strong winds with blizzard conditions

Snow piling in during heavy snow showers

                Thawing snow with "pin wheels" indicating surface instabilities on a North aspect at 550m

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Storm force winds with heavy snowfall above 350m

Clear spells between prolonged heavy snowfall, winds in excess of 100mph over the tops

Punchy underfoot at 650 metres after last nights brief thaw.

A small avalanche in Ciste Gilly at 570m on a West aspect.  This will have happened during the night in the milder spell.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Storm Force Southerly winds and Blizzards

Looking toward Lurchers Burn area from Loch Morlich
Very poor viz above 600 m , a lot of drifting in Southerly winds - knee to waist deep where the snow lies - Unstable wind slab accumulations on most Northerly slopes as can be seen in photo.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Deep drifts developing

    Snow showers during the morning but these became more prolonged during the afternoon with     heavy drifting and white out conditions

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A brief thaw followed by new snow with drifting

Avalanche debris from yesterday with an impressive crown wall on a North  aspect at 1095 metres.
Moody conditions with brief glimpses of winter sunshine and snow showers
Deep drifts in lee areas

Friday, December 20, 2013

Unsettled weather continues.

      Views into the Northern Corries.
     Extensive windslab on N to E aspects
    Deep drifts on lee slopes, scoured in wind exposed areas.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Windy and Mild

Northern Corries from Loch Morlich
A wind cowl hangs over the plateau indicating very strong winds !

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Windy with Sparse Snow Cover

Coire an lochain
Sparse snow cover but with accumulations (which are poor to moderately well bonded) mainly confined to wind sheltered places such as coire rims, hollows, gully tops and pockets below crags as clearly seen in the photo, all these areas are easily avoided.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Wind Blasted Landscape !

Less windy than previous days but still 60 gusting occasional 70 mph - wintry and cold with snow but blasted bare !

Looking toward the Northern Corries from the flanks of Cairngorm.

The Faichail ridge of Sneachda with corrie floor below

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Very windy with snowfall

    Knee deep drifts on this North aspect at 825m
     Drifting snow turning damp and sticky as the freezing level rises
     The Cairngorms with localised deposits of windslab in lee areas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A wild day with sleet and very strong winds

 Southerly winds of up to 114mph with heavy rain and wet snow above 1000 metres.  This is looking towards the Cas Headwall.
                                                    Bracing conditions at 990 metres

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mild wet and windy

                        Patches of old stable snow.  This was on the South-East side of Cairngorm

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Warm and Windy

Norther Corries form Loch Morlich -
If you look carefully odd snow patches can be seen