States of Water

15th February 2024

Crowded House sang about ‘Four Seasons in One Day’, but today in the Southern Cairngorms we had water in all 3 of its states, at the same time: Liquid, Vapour and Solid.

It was a mild and damp day, although not as wet as expected. Despite the mild temperatures some of the existing older snow patches remained firm and hard. On the plateau of Glas Maol sheets of water ice were also present making walking in a straight line quite tricky. The snowpack is consolidating but many of the instabilities still remain above 900 metres on North-West through North to South-East aspects.

Another mild, dry day with fresh Westerly winds as a weak ridge high pressure becomes dominant across Scotland. This high pressure looks like it will decline during Saturday morning bring gales and a band of heavy rain.


Carn an Tuirc 1019m


Soon na Goitre 814m and Glas Choire


Summit of Glas Maol 1066m. Temperature at 11:00hrs.


Ice sheets still persisting in Coire Fionn at around 900 metres.

Skiers and Snowboarders having fun at Glenshee Ski area.


Despite the thaw and rain the burn level was lower than expected.


Ice fringe ‘hanging’ on despite the mild temperatures at around 460 metres.

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