Freezing Rain

14th January 2021

Covid -19

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A miserable day! Low cloud, hill fog, persistent rain, sleet and summit snow, driven on a fresh Easterly wind.

(Above 2 photos) As good as it got in the Fannaichs today.

(Above) Good snow cover remains above 500m. although thawing at lower elevations. Fresh overnight snow, confined to the summits through the day. Breakable crust persists making for tedious trail breaking!

(Above) Freezing rain was in evidence today as shown by the iced up sedges in this photo taken at around 650m. The air temperature was between zero and minus one C, but the freezing levels were around 900m. Rain froze onto objects like my clothing, rocks and vegetation. The ice ‘grows’ into the wind. In this case, the wind is blowing from right to left.


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