Storm force Southerlies

9th April 2023

South-South-East winds increased to storm force through the morning with summit gusts of around 85 mph.  These type of winds can often be much stronger at lower altitudes,  this is due to the topography of the Cairngorms as the winds pick up speed across the plateau then gather momentum down areas such as Coire Cas and the head wall.  At times this can make simple excursions such as crossing the ski area car park, and opening a car door seem quite arduous.

This image of Coire an Lochain gives the impression of a nice calm day.

A closer look at Coire an Lochain before turning around to go back down. It was very windy at this point.

A quick snap of Coire an t- Sneachda.

A winter skills group head towards Lochain.  Knowing how to walk in storm force winds is a valuable enough skill to learn in itself.

Comments on this post

  • Gary Hodgson
    9th April 2023 6:09 pm

    Good to bump into you again and a brief chat in the wind! It was quite ‘pleasant’ in Coire an Lochain , once we made it in

    • ncairngormsadmin
      9th April 2023 7:37 pm

      Good to see you too and persevered to find shelter, a return to winter tomorrow with more snowfall ❄️❄️❄️

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