30 March 2013

Wind and Snow

It may be Easter but spring hasn't yet arrived, in fact recent heavy snowfall and strong winds have made for 'interesting' conditions in parts of the Lakes recently; this is what Luke encountered on his 'commute' to work...

It took a little longer to get to and from work at the weekend. I crept along the road with one eye looking ahead, and the other on the amazing snow formations built up against the hedge.

Crazy shapes created by the strong winds and light snow, can you see the face?!
Blowing snow is the Meteorological term for any loose snow lifted from the ground surface and suspended by strong winds to a height of 2 m (6 ft.) or more above the surface.

Drifting snow is only raised from the ground surface by the wind to a height of less than 2 m (6 ft.) creeping, rolling and bouncing above the surface.

The snow which is being blown about may deposit as snowdrifts.

Snow tsunami.
The two photographs below were taken at the same spot along the hedge. One on the way home in the evening and the other in the morning the next day when the sun was coming up.

Not so droopy...

Droopy!
The view opened up as we drove from Grizedale visitors centre to Moor Top. The definition of the dune-like landscape was enhanced by the shadows cast from the rising sun.

Grizedale Moor Top.
Happy (chilly) Easter!

post and photos by Luke, Upland Footpath ranger

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