Winds of Change
12th February 2021
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It was a dry day with some sunny spells. It was dominated by the strong South-Easterly winds. Although not as cold as Wednesday when a summit midday temperature of -10.4Â°CÂ was recorded, it was still cold today. However,Â the strong winds are heralding a change in weather patterns with milder Atlantic air forecast to creep in over the next few days.
Data from the weather station on Tower 17 at 650 metres. Most of the morning it was gusting between 50 and 60 mph which is enough to make walking uphill into it quite hard work. The wind was consistently from the SE. Back on the 5th of February in the post Blowin’ in the (Variable) Wind, I speculated that the variability in the wind that day where due to the overall direction. However, the overall direction was the same (or at least similar) today, and yet there was little variability in the direction recorded at the T17.
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