Sunshine and Showers
26th December 2022
It was a day of sunshine and showers. It was cold (summit temperatures of around minus five degrees Celcius) with strong South-Westerly to Westerly winds. The older snowpack which was quite damp yesterday has frozen solid. Showers were depositing fresh areas of windslab. These were generally not particularly extensive, but were were poorly bonded. Further wild winter weather expected tomorrow.
A screenshot of the Met Office rainfall radar at around 2pm this afternoon. As can be seen these is plenty of shower activity across the Highlands. As you would expect with a Westerly wind, the West side of the country is getting more precipitation. However a few heavy showers did sneak though to the Cairngorms.
Car queuing at the Hayfield in Glenmore due to the ski road being closed for a period this morning. Although the weather looks quite nice in the picture, is was just after a heavy snow shower which was drifting onto the road in the strong winds.
I had always assumed that the Hayfield got its name from at some time in the past being used to produce hay. However, I recently heard an alternative theory that during the building of the ski road a contractor (or subcontractor) called Hay was used. This contractor used the area now called the Hayfield to store equipment and materials. If anyone knows if this is true or not, it would be great to hear via the comments section at the end of this post.
This picture sums up the current snowpack. Old hard neve (probably pretty good for climbing on) with a new soft snow drifting on top in locations.
Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda. This name translates as Corrie of the Snow. I am not sure why it get that name as in the summer the snow last longer in both neighbouring coires; Coire Cas and Coire an Lochan.
Two walkers out enjoying atmospheric/stormy views between showers on the plateau.
Looking over to Carn Etchacan area between showers.
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