Warm & Windy
18th March 2021
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Very mild conditions overnight with the air temperature reaching plus 7 degrees Celsius at 03:00 hours. The warm theme continued today with the temperature rising up to plus 9 degrees on The Cairnwell (930m) during the early afternoon. These are significant temperatures and their effect can be felt in the snowpack: What was seriously firm and icy yesterday has softened off considerably today. The buttresses are black in Lochnagar and the overhanging snow which is left over from the cornices was dripping water. There are a number of sections of snow at the top of the cliffs which are overhanging and will collapse at some point. No rockfall observed or heard while we were in the corrie but ice fall was observed at close quarters and small amounts of snow were constantly falling from the crags. The easy gully lines are still complete…..for now! More of the same tomorrow with the freezing level well above the summits and plus 7 degrees Celsius forecast for 930m in the afternoon.
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