Big Shower Day

29th January 2018

My favourite winter weather for a walk in the hills – sunshine and squally wintry showers. The existing snowpack has further depleted overnight and surface refrozen giving that wonderful breakable crust, particularly at lower to mid levels! Although the showers are wintry above 600 metres or so, there is only a dusting and little evidence of windslab development at higher elevations.

The north side of Beinn Eighe as seen between showers. Really only a dusting of fresh snow.

The eastern end of Beinn Eighe with approaching shower. The lee aspects show no evidence of significant windslab development. The areas of snow in this photo are of the pre-existing consolidated snowpack.

The Conservation Cairn complete with Buddhist prayer flags! The Beinn Eighe NNR Mountain Trail gives a great viewpoint for snow distribution observations. The hill behind is Meall a’ Ghiuthais (887m), the site for today’s snow profile.

Some of the snow showers were quite intense.

Graupel featured in the precipitation, size 1-2mm



Comments on this post

  • Carl Combs
    7th May 2018 11:34 am

    Wow, love those pictures!!!
    Combs from Review Smile

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