A Slightly Less Brief Thaw

28th February 2024

It was cloudy damp day on Aonach Mor today. The summit temperature steadily rose from about minus two to plus two degrees through the day. There had been a bit of fresh snow overnight and through the day.  The tops stayed in the cloud all day, it was hard to see very much when I was up there. However, from what I could make the large cornices which I saw over the weekend where still hanging on (at least during the morning, but that was before it turned very mild). The summit temperature to forecast to drop overnight giving us about 12 hours of thaw (accompanied by drizzle) at summit level. Colder tomorrow which will consolidate the snowpack which we have. However, fresh snowfall with start increasing the avalanche hazard afresh.

The Aonach Mor summit temperature rose through the day. It is suppose to drop again overnight consolidating the wet snowpack.


A couple of climbers heading up the hill this morning. They were at about 800 metres altitude here. It was still a bit soggy at this level, but turned colder and more frozen towards the summit.

The summit area this morning. 

Icy crust from yesterdays brief thaw surrounded by fresh snow.

Not today! This is a picture I took at the weekend. I tried to recreate it today, but it didn’t come out.  Through the gloom this morning I could make out the the cornice will still there, looking a bit bigger and even more droopy. I am not convinced it will be there tomorrow (or even as I type just now). 

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