15th February 2015
It was another dry day with little change in the snowpack. The Southerly wind was quite strong and affected the operations at Nevis range ski area. I just made it up the gondola before it closed for the day. Southerly and South-Eastlery winds often affect operations the operations of the ski area. The wind from this direction seems to accelerate down the North side of the hill, so in these conditions winds speeds can be the same or greater on the upper part of the gondola line, as on the summit (even although it seems quite calm at the carpark). Another reason is turbulence of the air, the wind from this direction is always very gusty. I suspect this might be due to various airstreams coming together in the area around or below the top station (if anyone has an other explanations I would be interested to hear them). Whatever the cause, the effect is very noticeable with the winds jumping from 10mph to 60mph in a few seconds.
After some overnight snow it is looking calmer and colder tomorrow with lighter winds from the West. However, conditions deteriorating later in the week.
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