11th January 2023

A windy and blustery day in the Northern Cairngorms.

The maximum wind gust on the summit of Cairngorm was 91 mph today with the average in the last 24 hours being 61 mph. This is nowhere near the highest ever wind speed recorded (173 mph in 1986 – probably much higher, but the instruments broke!) but it was however, strong enough to transport a lot of snow around.

At times the spindrift on the higher slopes was quite frantic and challenging. Fortunately the winds will be easing slightly tomorrow, but remaining strong enough to transport more snow.

Some deep accumulations of snow had developed in wind sheltered locations. The snow fences in the ski area were doing their job well.

Wind exposed slopes were very firm and icy with some pretty severe runouts in to boulders.


Fiacaill Coire an-t Sneachda


Crag aprons below Alladin Buttress and the Goat Track


Alladin’s lamp just visible on the ridge.


A group on the Fiacaill a Choire Chais


Some deeper snow accumulations behind the ski fences.

Comments on this post

  • alan O’Connor
    12th January 2023 7:27 pm

    Got up to 176 on 3rd January 1993

    • ncairngormsadmin
      15th January 2023 5:20 pm

      Thanks for your comment Alan, its amazing the the instruments survived in order to record such strong winds.

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