Cloud capped mountains

6th March 2024

A dry day with strong South-Easterly winds.  At summit levels, there were a few brighter spells, but in general it was cloudy for a large part of the day.

Ben Nevis shrouded by low cloud. Spring conditions at glen levels.

Aonach Mor to the left, the East ridge of Carn Dearg Meadhonach to the right.

Cloudy conditions at summit levels. So what are clouds?  Clouds appear when there is too much water vapour for the air to hold. The water vapour (gas) then condenses to form tiny water droplets (liquid), and it is the water that makes the cloud visible. These droplets are so small that they stay suspended in the air.

Rime ice, grows into the wind, and it is created by super cooled drops of water hitting an object and freezing on impact.


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