Donner, Blitzen and Arwen!

26th November 2021

As the first major storm of the season, Arwen, approaches, today was a day of intense and frequent snow showers with occasional thunder/lightning during the bigger showers! Strengthening Northerly winds with severe gales at height produced much spindrift and a high windchill. Much the same forecast for tomorrow. Small areas of unstable windslab will continue to build through the next period.

Above.  Beinn Eighe, Torridon, was the mountain for today’s observations. Most snow has settled on wind sheltered aspects with exposed slopes scoured in the gales.

Above.  Coire an Laoigh on Beinn Eighe. Much spindrift in the coire, but proved to be more sheltered than expected, except during the more intense showers. Again, most snow in sheltered runnels and crag aprons where unstable windslab is building.

Above 2 Photos: Looking out of Coire an Laoigh as another shower approaches. Just after taking the second photo above, there was the first of the thunder and lightning. A quick descent was made thereafter…!


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