I pick the weather for my journey to see my family in Ayr and the Grand – kids down South. The wild weather will mean I have to take it easy and will be off this morning and see how it goes- wish me luck? The weather has been crazy and St Kilda was hit by winds of 140 mph – incredible.
As the wild weather and the snow falls and winter returns it is well worth looking in winter at the daily Avalanche reports on the website http://saisncairngorms.blogspot.co.uk/.
We publish daily reports of observed and forecast, avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season. With a continuing pilot period for the Torridon area.
You can find out more about Avalanches or, about Forecasts or, about the SAIS by clicking on the relevant index link on there page.
We keep an archive of all forecasts since 1993 which is browse-able and download-able.
Reporting an avalanche, especially if witnessed, provides valuable stability information which can be used to help all mountain users with their decision making process and, which also provides essential data for avalanche research. We encourage anyone who sees an avalanche to help the SAIS by Reporting an Avalanche using there on line form..
Each of the Five areas has its own report and is such a guide to current conditions. At one time Avalanche information was very complicated now it is a lot more user-friendly and easy understood by even me. Daily reports are carried out by very experienced observers who are on the hill daily to build a forecast for the next days conditions. One must remember that it is still a forecast and things change hourly on the hill. The best tools are your eyes, your ears and your feet. Before you go to an area you build up a history of what is happening wind snowfall etc in the days previously. You listen to what is happening in the weather forecast and look on the internet for information, local guides do daily blogs and they are so informative. On the journey to the cliff or hill you are accessing the changes in snow and the terrain as you walk observing the differences as you reach your destination. Then you make your decisions and if needed have a look at what is under your feet in detail and what has happened in the area previously.
The Avalanche observers do a great job and I wish them and the Mountain Rescue Teams a safe winter.