MetOffice weather station on Aonach Mor

8th January 2021

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At 1130m on Aonach Mor the MetOffice has a weather station which provides very useful hourly weather data: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/observations/gfh7qbhun

At the end of December 2020 all data was available. However, since then wind data has stopped being recorded, this is most likely due to heavy riming (see photos).

(Above) MetOffice weather station on Aonach Mor on 08 January 2021. As can be seen it is heavily rimed and this potentially explains the current lack of wind data.  A comparison with the photo included in this blog on 29 December 2020 shows how much the riming has increased (http://lochaberblog.sais.gov.uk/2020/12/weather-stations-of-lochaber/).

(Above) Wind sensor partly visible at the top.

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