Binary Conditions

3rd March 2021

Covid -19
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Today was characterised by different and mutually exclusive weather conditions. A temperature inversion, gave superb visibility at higher elevations with the glens below filled with cloud.

Below, it was cold and grey in the glen’s although the cloud did lift a little later. The snowpack remained firm and icy only softening where it received direct sunlight. A change is expected tomorrow with a band of precipitation coming through in the early hours of the morning. This will bring a dusting of snow, although this will be insignificant. With a cloudy and gloomy day in prospect tomorrow, these might be the last images of blue sky for a while.


Vista from the summit of Cairngorm looking south. Note the cloud filling the glens below.


Arguably there is nothing quite as forlorn as a ski area with no snow. I am not sure how to describe a ski area with consistently widespread snow cover, blue skies with no lifts turning? Covid?

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