Strengthening winds

8th January 2018

Another clear and sunny day in Glencoe. However, Southerly winds strengthened through the day. This caused drifting at higher levels, with some areas of  very poorly bonded areas of windslab being deposited, particularly at the tops of slopes and gullies.

Buachaille Etive Mor looking not too shabby this morning.

Good views to the North.

The surface layers of the snowpack were an unusually chilly -9 degrees Celsius. Strong temperature gradients within the snowpack are not helping stability. The strong winds and low air temperature made it feel pretty chilly on the summits as well. Plenty ice forming in streams and watercourses (and sometimes of paths) around Glen Coe at the moment.

There are areas of poorly bonded windslab, as shown by the series of shooting cracks from my footprints.

Sprindrift blowing off the ridge and being deposited in the foreground.

It was a bit hazier looking to the South. Plumes of spindrift catching the sunlight from Sron nam Forsair.

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