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Winter fells weather assessors ready for challenge

Posted 4 November 2010
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Winter fells weather assessors ready for challenge
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Winter jackets may be among the first things picked up by the Lake District National Park Authority's weather service felltop assessors each morning this winter, as the coming months could see a repeat of last year's bitter conditions.

The authority noted its Weatherline employees Jon Bennett and Jason Taylor are looking forward to the task of assessing conditions at 3,000 ft as they brave whatever nature throws at them on the way up Helvellyn, England's third-highest mountain.

Working alternate weeks, the pair will report back with the conditions for fellwalkers, a service the national park has provided for 35 years and which may be invaluable for those heading to the area this winter, who may wish to put extra warm items in their rucksacks.

Jason Taylor, who faced wind chill as cold as -16C in his first winter on the job last year, advised: "People should always check Weatherline before heading out on the hills."

Those climbing mountains should be aware of the potential for cold weather at higher altitudes at various times of the year.

In March 2007, an arctic spell led to a wind chill of -25C at 900 metres as far south as Snowdonia.

Posted by Brandon Egley