Wild weather on the hills!

From the  Mountain Weather Information Service MWIS


“Upland gales and rain – persistent on western mountains across the
Scottish Highlands. Elsewhere, winds will strengthen and low cloud will
increasingly envelop most mountain areas. Least low cloud south and
east Wales and southern Pennines.”

Make sure you wrap up today.

Make sure you wrap up today.

It is amazing how much we take for granted like the daily weather forecast  so easy to access  and free. I always have a look before I go out on the mountains and once the Avalanche Service starts I will read both. To be honest I read them all winter every day to get a picture of the what is going on as past weather winds and snow is a great tool for getting a better picture of what is happening on the mountains.

on Ben Alligin

On Ben Alligin – Torridon.

In the past the weather forecasts were very fickle and our day started on our training weekends with the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams with contact with our Met Officer at base for the day’s weather. One of the team would get up early we all had to take turns and get this forecast for the day via the radio or the phone. It was at times a forecast with interesting results as the dictation and translation could have been in another language for some.  This was then briefed to the team at breakfast and in later years in winter the Avalanche Forecast. It was a lot to take in for many of the young team members especially when running late for a short winters day.      It is a good practice  to still do and can make your day far more enjoyable by having an idea what is happening in the mountains in the weather forecast. A late deterioration in weather can mean getting away early and maybe missing the bad weather.

Worth remembering?  Have fun.


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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