21 Jul 2014

July 21, 2014

    Looks like the end of August in the alpine, not much snow left.

    Cloudy and showers Sunday afternoon at 1860 meters, 14:30 hrs, Cool at +7. Drier in the valley.

    Bottom of Fitz Chair same time frame. +15 Looks like good conditions! July 20, 2014.

    Conditions on Horstman Glacier as of 08:00 Hrs this am. Cooler temperatures helping melt!

Weather observations for July 21, 2014; taken at 07:00 Hrs.

2180 meters        +4, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the S
1835 meters        +4, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the S
1550 meters        +7, Relative Humidity 97%
  660 meters      +12, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest +20
                                   July 20 1.7 mm recorded

For the forecast, unsettled for today with clearing later today into Tuesday. Air mass will dry out later today as the offshore flow weakens. Tuesday is looking mostly sunny prior to a deep upper level low moving in from the North for Wednesday into Thursday.  As of now it looks like Wednesday morning will be the wettest period. A weak upper ridge will begin to build Thursday afternoon into Friday bringing back sunnier skies and warmer temperatures for the weekend. Saturday as of now is looking warm and sunny.

    Satellite image from this am at 08:00 Hrs. May have to wait for some breaks!!

         Southwesterly flow today should bring some nice weather today into Tuesday.

    Air mass for Wednesday is looking wet.

    Deep upper low will be right over us for Wednesday.

    Satellite image from Saturday evening, unsettled and cooler.

    Image from Sunday morning.

Two Australians killed in an avalanche: South Australia

US Climber killed another injured in Andes avalanche: Nevado Priamide, Peru

Big Mountain Skiing, Surviving in Avalanche Country: NAC

Perisher and Thredbo's record-beating snow welcome despite risks: Australia

But avalanches don't happen in Australia: Geoff Mallinson

Four avalanche deaths in Switzerland: Deadly Weekend

    Recent adventure to Squally Channel. Many Eagles in this area.

    Heron fishing for sea cucumbers at low tide.

    First nations fishing boat. Hartley Bay.

16 Jul 2014

July 16, 2014

    Glacier melt between Prince Rupert and Terrace with some nice warm temperatures.

    Slabs in this region with some very large avalanche paths. Blogging from downtown Terrace.

   Nice looking day in Whistler!!

    Bike park looks dry and not that busy this am.

    Amazing weather up North over the past 8 days.

    Still a lot of snow along the Coastal Mountains.

Weather observations for July 14, 2014; taken at 07:00 Hrs.

2180 meters        +16, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the S
1835 meters        +19, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the NNE
1550 meters        +16, Relative Humidity 58 %
  660 meters        +15, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest +32.6

For the forecast, upper level ridge here until at least Friday. Sunny skies today with warm temperatures. Possibly some cloud development Thursday morning, getting nicer on Thursday afternoon. Stronger onshore flow will bring a change on Friday with unsettled conditions in the morning and afternoon as a trough moves in for the evening with some welcome precipitation. Showers look likely for Saturday into Sunday afternoon prior to more nice weather by Sunday evening into Monday.

    Big picture this morning. Some moisture appears to be heading our way.

    Still lots of stratus cloud along the coast.

    Looking like a nice day for Thursday!

14 Jul 2014

July 14, 2014

    Hortstman Glacier looks to be melting quickly this year.

    South side of Blackcomb is looking pretty dry.

    Sunrise on Finn Island, sharp turn for the tankers if they go to Kitimat. Whales every where!!!

    Harper recently took away Humpback protection so he can ram his project down our throats.

    There were sleeping wales in Squally Channel, saw at least 14 where the tankers would come in.

   After spending 6 days in the area I have to agree, there is too much at stake to allow this to happen.

                             We should always listen to the locals.

    The West Coast is a difficult place to find great campsites during the full moon.

Weather observations for July 14, 2014; taken at 07:00 Hrs.

2180 meters        +16, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the S
1835 meters        +17, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the S
1550 meters        +19
  660 meters        +20, Valley Temperature, Max temp Yesterday +35.6

For the forecast, the high pressure will continue to bring nice weather to the Whistler area. Ridge should weaken by Thursday evening allowing some cloud to move into the region as a weak upper trough builds into the area. There is a possibility of some precipitation but only time will tell. I am sure the forest could use some moisture. Amazing weather up here on the North coast!!

    Satellite image from 12:30 July 14, 2014.

    High is looking strong for a few more days.

    Convective clouds near our zone.

4 Jul 2014

July 4, 2014

    Convective cloud development Wednesday July 2, 2014.

    Great weather for the farmers.

    Howe Sound July 2 Nd, 18:00 Hrs.

    Bike park was busy on Wednesday.

    July 3, 2014; 06:30 Hrs.

    July 3, 2014; 18:30 Hrs.

    Sunrise this morning, clouds are moving in.

Weather Observations for July 4, 2014; taken at 06:00 HRS.

2180 meters        +3, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the NNE
1835 meters        +3, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the E
1550 meters        +5, RH 89%
  660 meters        +7, Valley temperature, Max Temp Yest + 21.5

For the Forecast, a warm front is moving East as the low pressure continues to spill cloud into the area in a Southwesterly flow aloft.  Cloudy skies today, increasing this evening as a cold front (Occluded Front) moves into the zone for Saturday bringing cloudy skies and light precipitation. The rain should be short lived as the upper ridge in the Pacific bounces back bringing sunny skies and warmer temperatures into the area for Sunday afternoon into Wednesday. A trough is expected to bring some moisture to the area on Wednesday, but that is a ways off. Still a good chance the high pressure will prevail into the end of the week with some convective cloud development.

    As of 07:00 hrs we have a stratus layer with cirrus cloud above. Unlimited visibility at 2240 meters.

    Moisture heading our way for Friday evening into Saturday.

    Satellite image from 07:00 Hrs this am.

2 Jul 2014

July 2, 2014

    Awesome day June 30 Th on the water.

    Many eagles hanging in Howe Sound.                                                          Suze Cumming Photo

    Early morning July 1, 2014.

    Big hits on the Horstman Glacier , July 1, 2014.

    Many people in the town centre enjoying Canada day, Max temperature was +32.4.

    Early morning light July 2, 2014.

    Sunrise July 2, 2014.

Weather observations for July 2, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters        +12, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the S
1835 meters        +14, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the SSE
1550 meters        +17, RH 46%
  660 meters        +15, Valley Temperature, max Temp Yest +32.4

Many high temperature records were broken yesterday across BC.

For the forecast, upper level ridge moved East yesterday evening, this allowed onshore flow with cooler temperatures and cloud development to occur. Stratus cloud development near the ocean is likely for tomorrow into Thursday. Expect unsettled conditions into Friday with sunny periods, cloud development and even the slight chance of some isolated showers. Overall some fairly nice weather for the week.  A broad upper trough is forecasted to move into the area on Saturday with a brief period of potential light rain from Saturday evening into Sunday afternoon. This low to the North appears to be pushed out of the area as the high pressure rebuilds for Monday. Much disagreement in the models for the weekend so more on that in the next post.

    Low pressure will influence the weather for the week.

    Still early for this model but some precipitation is forecasted for Saturday.

    The low is still a factor in our weather for the week into the weekend.