Avalanche figure excels last season’s

Image copyright SAIS Lochaber Image caption Lumps of a collapsed cornice, among the causes of avalanches, in Lochaber

The number of avalanches recorded in the Scottish mountains so far this winter has outstripped the full amounts of the for the whole of the last one.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service( SAIS) records the snow slides during its calculating seasons, which run from December to April.

The last forecasting season, 2016 -1 7, committed the service’s lowest number of preserved avalanches in almost 10 years.

There were 90 avalanches then, and 94 so far this season.

The number of avalanches registered so far this season is a provisional person at this stage. Proof of the final tally will be released later in the year.

Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms Image caption Debris from a intentionally prompted avalanche during a training exercising in the Cairngorms

Avalanches can be occur naturally for a variety of reasons, including by overhanging ledges of snow called cornices collapsing and falling down on to engulf snow-covered mountainsides.

Human activity such as skiing, stepping and climbing are also welcome to trigger avalanches.

Again, cornices present one of the greatest risks, with beings venturing out on to the steps conceiving “its been” snow-covered solid ground.

Image copyright SAIS Creag Meagaidh Image caption Debris from naturally occurring avalanches in Coire nan Gall

Unlike last winter, this 2017 -1 8 winter has seen heavy snowfalls and much longer periods of freezing temperatures.

The predicaments have resulted in a busy charms for Scotland’s mountain rescue crews, with Lochaber and Cairngorm MRTs among the teams being announced out the most frequently.

This winter, mountain recovery and avalanche outlook units have reported regularly suffering “full-on Scottish winter conditions”, who are capable of include blizzards, white-out maladies and gale coerce winds.

Image copyright SAIS Southern Cairngorms Image caption An SAIS forecaster on a trip in the Southern Cairngorms at the weekend

In 2009 -1 0, one of SAI’S most active seasons for avalanches, snow slides changed a railway line and a trunk road.

The West Highland Line between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy in Argyll was closed for almost two weeks over late February into early March after it was blocked by four avalanches from the slopes of Beinn Odhar.

Network Rail said its workers removed more than 15,000 cubic metres of snow before the line could be reopened.

Avalanches likewise feigned motorists on slice of the A9.


Previous avalanche numbers

2015 -1 6 – 207 2014″ -1 5 – 305 2013″ -1 4 – 350 2012″ -1 3 – 129 2011″ -1 2 – 154 2010″ -1 1 – 178 2009″ -1 0 – 220 Image caption Mountain hares heroic wind and floating snow in the Cairngorms

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