Fresh, Cold South-Easterly winds.

21st March 2020

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With grateful thanks the SAIS team.

It was dry through the period but much cloudier today, winds were fresh from South-Easterly direction and it felt quite cold when exposed to these winds. Summit temperatures around minus 4 degrees celsius which gave a cold wind chill affect. Some light scouring was taking place mainly above 850 metres drifting snow into sheltered locations. There were some brighter spells on occasions mostly in the afternoon.

Two ski tourers near the summit on Meall a’ Bhuiridh.

Looking across towards Clach Leathad from a North-Westerly aspect of Meall a’ Bhuiridh.

A slightly brighter spell with another ski tourer on the summit ridge of Meall a’ Bhuiridh.

A view looking toward Buachaille Etive Mor the the Mamores and Nevis beyond. Three folks heading up the North ridge on Meall a’ Bhuiridh with the A82 road in the glen below.

The cold fresh winds scouring the snowpack.

Male and female Ptarmigan going for a stroll and also seeking shelter or camouflage.

Looks like they found some temporary hiding place.

Northerly aspect of Stob Dearg.

The 3 sisters of Glen Coe the Lost Valley Buttresses seen middle left.

Stob Coire nam Beith 1107m. and An-t-Sron

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