Stunning conditions…

19th December 2021

It was another stunning day on the tops with blue sky, warm sunshine and hardly any wind. The views were incredible and it was warm enough just to sit, relax and take it all in. I did feel a little as though a Zombie Fog was chasing me though as it rolled in from the East, gaining height and pushing West all the time. It seemed to top out at around 800 metres – as I could just see the mast on the top of Morrone at 859m.

The Goliaths standing proud way above the inversion cloud – Cairn Toul, Braeriach & Ben MacDui.  Lonely mast just poking through the cloud on Morrone (centre picture)


View from Carn an t-Sagairt Mor to Beinn a’Bhuird – with a sea of cloud in the glen

If you want more of the same tomorrow it looks like you will have to ‘Go Big’ as there is a weak cold front pushing in which will raise the height of the inversion. It sounds like the high hills of the main ‘Gorms will still see sunshine but further South and East might just find their summits back in the cloud. Temperatures will be dropping as well so I suspect that we have had the best of our early Christmas present.

Kenny from Braemar MRT sent me some cracking photos of a full depth avalanche that occurred on the South aspect of Carn an Tuirc – we are estimating that this was from the wet and mild weather that followed the snowy conditions at the start of the month. Apparently the crown wall is over 2 metres in height – the large blocks in the debris are very impressive. Thanks Kenny!

Full depth avalanche on South Aspect of Carn an Tuirc. Photo credit Kenny from BMRT


2m crown wall and some very large blocks in the debris! Photo credit Kenny from BMRT.


Comments on this post

  • David Woods
    20th December 2021 1:14 pm

    My experience is that most Zombie Fog encounters are in close proximity to The Trafford Centre (other shopping experiences are available).
    It might have been difficult to brush off an encounter with that debris: shocking to estimate the weight of those larger blocks!
    Thanks for the continuing brilliant photos and information. I dragged a set of skis out of the loft yesterday 🙂

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