31 Aug 2015

August 31, 2015

    Avalanches melted after sliding into My Ruapehu's crater lake in New Zealand-- Story below.

    Friday's view from Whistler Peak after the rains subsided. 11 mm recorded in 24 hours at 660 M.
    Squamish received 14.1 mm on Friday while Pemberton received 6.0 mm.

    Satellite image taken at same time as image above.

    Image from Saturday morning.

    Looking Southwest Saturday morning.

    Satellite image from Saturday morning.

    A break in the rain Saturday afternoon.

    Dusting of snow at 2180 meters Sunday morning. 0 deg early in the am.

   Sunday August 30, 2015--Rains eased off--29.5 mm recorded at Nesters Weather station on Sat.
   Squamish received 36.0 mm on Saturday and Pemberton recorded 34.5 mm.

    We did have some breaks on Sunday.

    Big picture Sunday afternoon.

Weather Observations for August 31, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters       +3, Winds were 35-60 KPH from the SSW
1835 meters       +5, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the SE
1650 meters       +6, Relative Humidity 97%
  660 meters     +10, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +14.2, 9.7mm of rain recorded Yest.

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies, variable visibility, and raining lightly.

    Satellite image from 07:45 Monday August 31.

For the forecast, a broad upper trough will remain over the area for the next several days with bands of cool moisture moving through our zone. We may see a shift by Thursday as the high pressure begins to migrate towards us. Today we will be in a moist Westerly flow associated with a warm front with periods of light rain expected for most of the day, a cold front will follow this evening into Wednesday with the freezing level dropping well below the local peaks. There is a slight  chance of a break Tuesday afternoon. As of now Wednesday looks mostly cloudy with intermittent showers and cooler temperatures. Thursday will likely be unsettled and the ridge should strengthen by Friday. Models are not in agreement beyond Thursday so hope to have a better picture by Friday.

    Deep upper trough in the area with a 5270 m low over the Northwest corner of BC.

    Light rain with an associated warm front today.

    Cooler weather tomorrow with the FL dropping to 1800 meters.

    Light intermittent showers for Wednesday. FL down to around 1800 meters.

    Weak high pressure forecasted to build for Thursday.

   Drier conditions for Saturday, with a Northwest flow aloft.

   Looks like the high strengthens for Sunday.


Avalanche of 30,000 tons of ice and snow slid into Mt Ruapehu Lake: New Zealand

Another article on Mt Ruapehu Avalanches: Crater Lake Temperature Dropped

Six year old girl sued over Austrian Skiing Accident: Hochhaderich Mountain

G3 Ion Touring Binding: 2015-2016 Model

Unexploded avalanche ordnance forces closure of Sylvan Pass Road: Yellowstone Park

Strongest Summer storm in Northwest U.S. History: Cliff Mass

    Dried out Friday afternoon.

    10:00 hours Saturday morning, where is everyone--by 11:00 the light to moderate rain had ceased.

    Horstman Creek was flowing on Saturday afternoon.

    Blue Rodeo put on a great concert Saturday evening.

    Despite the rain showers the crowd was very enthusiastic.

    Great  performance, several rain songs!!

    View late Sunday afternoon on Green Lake.

    Looking up at the Mountains Monday morning.

28 Aug 2015

August 28, 2015

    Tuesday August 25, 2015. Another awesome day. Full moon is this Saturday but we will not see it.

    Satellite image from Thursday.
    Yesterday morning at around 08:00 hours.

    Satellite image from yesterday.

    Big picture from yesterday. Lots of moisture coming our way.

    Clouds were thickening late yesterday afternoon.

Weather Observations for August 28, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters       +6, Winds were 25-50 KPH from the SSW
1835 meters       +8, Winds were 15-35 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters       +9, Relative Humidity 98%
  660 meters     +13, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +26.8, trace of rain recorded at 660M.

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies and variable visibility.

    This mornings satellite image.

For the forecast, a series of Pacific Fronts (October Like) will impact the region this weekend with below average temperatures and above average rainfall. For today the Southwest flow will bring steady moderate rainfall with a possible lull later today with the flow becoming light Northerly. Saturday will see a more intense front with heavy rain and strong winds. There is even a chance of some snowfall at the upper elevations as the freezing level may drop to 2000 meters. This front will flow into Sunday morning with a lull expected Sunday afternoon. Another strong front will move onshore for Monday easing off by Tuesday. As of now Wednesday is looking unsettled but more on that in Mondays post. The freezing level Tuesday night may dip down to 1800 meters.

     May get a break by this afternoon.

    Moderate rainfall amounts today with heavy rainfall coming this weekend.

    Intense front arriving Saturday.

   Low will be sending a series of fronts into our area until Wednesday.


Kayak Carnage: Vimeo

Collier Peak, Alberta: Summer pow in Canada

Very large iceberg breaking near Ilulissat: Greenland

Water Skiing behind a snowmobile: You Tube


Spring could be coming early to New Zealand: Wet Snow Avalanches

Avalanche on the north side of Couloir du Gouter: Chamonix

Common Ski Injuries: How to protect the knees and back

Could climate change kill the Christmas Movie: Hollywood

What is actually happening at lunar Perigee: Super Moon August 29, 2015

    Very successful sailing regatta last weekend. Great weather and consistent wind.

    Was looking very dry in the mountains until today.

    Recent shot of Horstman glacier. Those crevasses are getting bigger.

    High cloud yesterday morning.

24 Aug 2015

August 24, 2015

   3 bodies found on Chimborazo Mountain believed to be from an avalanche in 1994, story below.

    Early Saturday morning August 22, 2015.

    Satellite image from early Saturday morning.

    07:30 Hours Sunday August 23, 2015.

    Satellite image from Sunday morning.

    Sunset Sunday August 23, 2015. Officially at 20:16.

Weather Observations for August 24, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters       +5, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
1835 meters       +8, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters       +7, Relative Humidity 75%
  660 meters       +8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +26.4.

Sunrise was at 06:14 this am and sunset is at 20:14. 14 Hours of Daylight.

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have scattered high cloud and unlimited visibility.

    High pressure still holding. Low will begin to slide South this week.

For the forecast, the upper trough off the Pacific Northwest coast will maintain dry weather for our area into later in the week with a Southwest flow aloft. Clouds lingering this morning should dissipate later this morning for sunny weather into Wednesday. We could see some spin off cloud by Wednesday as the upper low to our North begins to move southward well offshore but close enough to have some affect. By Thursday the low will begin to move Eastward with a good chance of cloudier conditions on Thursday. The models are in disagreement when moisture will reach our area but we could see showers as early as Thursday evening but more likely by early Friday morning. Friday through Sunday could be fairly wet, more on that in Friday's post.

    Low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska will slowly move our way this week. Sundays Position.

    Position of the low today.

    High pressure will continue to bring nice weather into Tuesday.

    Could see some cloud in our zone from low by Wednesday.

    Low offshore on Thursday, may bring showers to our zone by Thursday evening or early Friday.

    Wet Friday through the weekend.

    Looking moist at the beginning of next week. Much can happen in one week.


Bodies found on Chimborazo Volcano believed to be French Climbers missing since 1994: Equador

July 2015 was warmest month recorded for the globe: Science Daily

Skiing Freshies in August: Haywood Pass, Alberta

Nepal opens Everest to climbers for the 1St time since avalanche in April: Kathmandu

Pulling the ABS Handle: Teton Gravity

    Cloud in the mountains Saturday morning but clear to the South.

    AN-124 heavy lit aircraft landing at YVR on Saturday.

    Log barge on the Fraser River.

    Cloud over the Tantalus range on Saturday.

    Cloudburst Peak Sunday August 23, 2015.

    Icecap Peak Sunday morning.

    Mount Jimmy Jimmy Sunday morning.