Wild night – Amber Weather warnings! Violent storms!

Today – Violent storm force upland winds will continue across all mountain regions. Frequent snow and hail, particularly western mountains, becoming more extensive England and Wales

The UK’s official weather forecasters said: “Westerly gales are expected to spread southwards across northern and central areas of the UK on Thursday, with widespread gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

Group huddle in winter navigation is the key!

Group huddle in winter navigation is the key! In winds of 60 mph you would be lucky to stand up!

“However within the area of the amber warning gusts are expected to reach 80 mph in places and perhaps as high as 90 mph in exposed parts of the north and west of Scotland.

“Winds will veer north-westerly and begin to ease during the afternoon, with the strongest winds becoming confined to eastern coastal areas by the evening.

“There is also the potential for significant coastal flooding along the east Coast of England, parts of south-east Scotland, north Wales and north-west England. This may include flooding affecting parts of coastal communities and travel disruption along coastal routes.”

A lower, yellow warning is also in place for the northern half of Scotland for snow both on Thursday and Friday.

Yesterday  there was no way I was going on the hills the wind was so strong I could hardly open the car door so we went for a walk along the river Spey for a few hours, it was fairly sheltered.

The River Spey is a jewel amongst some of Scotlands finest salmon rivers, not only for sport but also for its picturesque scenery. From its source high up at Loch Spey the river descends 1,000ft to its mouth at Spey Bay, some 107 miles, the most productive fishing is known as Strathspey from Grantown on Spey to Spey Bay. I have always wanted to canoe the river but so many promises have come to nothing maybe one day?

The river was massive and a great sight we saw no one apart from a few dog walkers at the beginning. On the drive back the winds got up and the car was buffeted by strong gusts.  All night the wind has been battering the windows and as I live near the sea you get the real power of the storm. the rain has been constant like a machine gun battering the windows. I am so glad to be inside and this is to continue for a few days. Glad I have only to drop a few cards of today and pack for my trip South which will not be easy in this weather. I also have my golf Christmas dinner today n0 alcohol for me until after operations. There will be no golf though.

Cairngorm summit today – Strong winds and heavy snow showers with drifting snow at the top of the mountain. Wind westerly 80 gusting 100 mph.

Looking for that Christmas Stocking Filler and a  great read:

The Corbett Round – Manny Gorman

In 2009 Manny Gorman ran, cycled and sailed all the Corbetts (Scottish mountains between 2500 and 3000ft) in 70 days, completely under his own steam. To read his account of this epic achievement you can purchase his book going to his website  www,mannygorman.co.uk It is only £15 and a great book!



“..the riveting read he has produced distills the epic 70 day challenge into a very readable book that will appeal to anyone interested in the Scottish hills or crazy human endeavours. Read full review on Walkhighlands “

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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