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Update: Funding assured for MWIS

Wednesday 14th September 2016, 20:00

The MWIS team is incredibly grateful for the level of support, feedback and input that we have received from forecast users in the last few days.

We are delighted to announce that the following joint public statement has been agreed by sportscotland and MWIS:


Following discussions between sportscotland and the Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) both organisations have provided reassurances that the current forecasting service will be maintained.

sportscotland has been working in partnership with MWIS since 2007 to provide critical mountain weather forecasting, which has been a valued service for people who use Scotland's hills and mountains.

An agreement has been reached whereby sportscotland will continue the same levels of investment into MWIS to enable them to sustain current forecast provision throughout a development period which will result in a sustainable, long-term and enhanced service.

Commenting on the agreement, Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said:

"sportscotland has consistently maintained that we would guarantee the continuation of a high-quality mountain weather forecasting service and that is precisely what has been delivered. I'm delighted that we will continue to work in partnership by investing in MWIS for a minimum period of three years throughout the development phase while we plan for a sustainable and enhanced service for the long-term.

"In the coming months, we look forward to working with a wider stakeholder group, including the Met Office, MWIS, Mountaineering Scotland and the outdoor community, which engaged in our 2015 survey about developing an enhanced service.

"The outcome we are all working towards during the development phase is a sustainable mountain forecast service for Scotland through the provision of reliable, authoritative forecasts which informs good decision-making on the mountains.

"We recognise how highly-valued MWIS is by the outdoor community and we want to help deliver the continuation of a high-quality mountain weather forecasting service."

Geoff Monk, lead forecaster at MWIS, said:

"It is great news that we have reached this agreement and I'm pleased sportscotland is to continue investing in MWIS at the same financial level as in previous years.

"There was a misunderstanding about investment beyond 2016 and now we have a resolution to cover the development phase before a sustainable, long-term service is up and running.

"We can focus on continuing to provide a quality service to help people enjoy the mountains safely and we look forward to working with sportscotland to support the development plans."

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health & Sport, added:

"I am pleased a resolution has been reached that allows the high quality service provided by MWIS to continue and the reassurance this will give to those who rely on it when enjoying Scotland's wild landscapes.

"I am also pleased that the wider view and consideration of those with a passion and interest in outdoor sports will be reflected and harnessed as we work towards creating a long term and sustainable mountain forecast service for Scotland. I look forward to working with that group and engaging with the progress in this important national service for Scotland."

Note to editor:

sportscotland has invested £150,000 in MWIS over the past four-year cycle and has agreed to continue with the same level of investment throughout the development phase for a minimum of three years.


Observations from mountain summits

Tuesday 27th September 07:00 BST
Cairngorm (1245m)  5.3C S       60 gusts 76mph
Aonach Mor (1130m)  7.0C SSW 42 gusts 58mph
Cairnwell (933m)  6.0C S       36 gusts 47mph
Great Dun Fell (N. Pennines) (847m)  8.7C SSW 39mph
Bealach na ba (Wester Ross) (773m)  8.0C S       40 gusts 56mph

Planning video, updated Tuesday 27th September

 



The Mountain Weather Information Service

Our aim is to provide forecasts so as to aid mountain safety. Forecasts are very much written in the form of warnings; generally when there is little text, the conditions are fairly benign. Where possible we use wording that indicates the impact of the weather on the user, and particularly when there is the possibility of severe conditions, we try to include this eventuality in the forecast as a probability, even when the risk is low.

Forecasts are produced manually using information from a range of forecast models and forecasters knowledge of mountain weather. New forecasts, for the next three days are produced by 4:30pm daily, normally earlier in the winter, and amended as necessary.

Although only twice weekly, we are now providing videos, focussing on the conditions up to about a week ahead, for planning purposes.

The production of the Scottish forecasts is fully funded by the Scottish Government through sportscotland.

As always, please continue to give us feedback about what you think of our website, service and future development plans.


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New Brecon Beacons forecast area

The Mountain Weather Information Service is pleased to announce the inclusion of forecasts for the mountains of south Wales. As with other regions of England and Wales, although the focus will be on the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains National Park, we will include all higher summits in the southern half of Wales.


Advertise with MWIS

We are looking for sponsors for the Southeastern Highlands, Southern Uplands and Snowdonia forecast pages.

MWIS is part-funded by the Scottish Government, but the IT and website, as well as the English and Welsh forecasts, are paid for by advertising from the mountain-user community. We get thousands of hits every month from mountain users, and we currently have advertising opportunities for the Southeastern Highlands, Southern Uplands and Snowdonia forecast pages.

To find out more about advertising with us, please email us.


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