Storm Pia

21st December 2023

The Cairngorms (and the rest of Scotland) were getting ‘battered’ by Storm Pia today.  Storm Pia was named by the Danish Met Office so doesn’t follow the usual ‘alphabetical system’ that we are used to seeing.  In the UK a storm is named when it has the potential to cause disruption or damage which could result in an amber or red warning.  The naming of storms is also used for the sake of clarity and simplicity so the Government and media organisations can clearly inform the public when potentially treacherous weather is on its way.  Check out the Storm names that will be used this winter season.

UK storm names 2023-24: Full list of Met Office winter storms and why they are named as Agnes hits the UK (

Storm Pia limited mountain travel today, but fortunately clear spells during the morning gave us a good picture of conditions. Below, looking up the Ciste Gully.

Photo below shows the Kassbohrer moving the ‘manufactured snow’ outside the Day Lodge at the Cas Carpark (Altitude 650m).  Coire Cas Headwall behind illustrating the ‘patchy’ cover mainly on Northerly – Easterly aspects.  These snow patches are currently hard and icy.

Below, a view into Coire an Lochain, if you look carefully you can see a dusting of new snow on West/North/East aspects.  During the afternoon, further snow showers developed with a dusting of snow down to 800m.

And finally a Reindeer photo as the herd try to shelter from the wind.

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