25 Jul 2016

July 25, 2016

    An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru has killed 4 climbers, story in article section.               Net Pic

    Update on the avalanche in Tibet, glacial surge--story below in articles:                                Net Pic

    Tuesday July 19, 2016--+7 Deg overcast and raining lightly. 4.1 mm of rain recorded at 660 M.

    Broad upper low Tuesday morning with light Southwest flow aloft.

    Wednesday July 20, 2016--another overcast day.

   Wednesday morning, upper level low slowly creeping East.

    Much nicer to the South on Wednesday afternoon.

    Clouds were clinging to the mountains on Wednesday.

    Awesome day Thursday, July 21, 2016.

    Mount Sir Richard and Castle Towers from Decker Tarn..

    In another two weeks the alpine flowers should be spectacular.

    Alpin glow Thursday evening on Fissile.

    Thursday evening sunset.

    Friday Morning, July 22, 2016. Decker Tarn.

   Friday, July 22, 2016 15:00 Hours.

    Friday afternoon.

    Clouds did build on Friday.

    Hiking up Decker Basin.

    Bottom of Decker Glacier.

    Sunset Friday Night.

    Saturday morning, July 23, 2016. Mostly cloudy day.

    Saturday--15:00 Hrs.

    Saturday afternoon.

    Dark clouds Saturday morning.

    Sunday July 24, 2016--inversion-+11 at 1835 meters at 07:00 hrs--+9 at 660 meters.

    High pressure in Southern BC, Sun am. Stratus cloud layer out in the Pacific, cloudy to the North.

    Sunday morning with just a few clouds to the North.

    By Sunday evening some cloud began to push into our zone from the Northwest.

Weather Observations for July 25, 2016: taken at 07:00 Hours.

2240 meters   +12, Winds were 5-10 KPH  S--Horstman Hut
1860 meters   +13, Winds were   0-5 KPH  S--Rendevous
1550 meters   +13, RH 60%                          --Catskinner
  660 meters   +13, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +27.5. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 06:30 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

    Satellite image from 07:00 Hrs this am.

For the forecast, a weak trough moving through the area for today in a Westerly flow aloft will bring unsettled conditions. We can expect mostly cloudy skies this morning with the slight chance of some thunder and lightning, but that should stay closer to the interior of Southern BC. As the day progresses we should get more sunny breaks as the trough moves East. The Westerly flow will send some marine air our way Tuesday as well, with some cloud but mostly sunny conditions. The ridge strengthens Wednesday for warm sunny conditions into the weekend. Thursday and Friday have the potential to be the hottest days of July. Enjoy some nice summer weather!!

    A weak trough will pass through the area today with some cloud but dry.

    Lingering cloud for Tuesday with the ridge building to the South.

    High pressure to the South will dominate the weather pattern into the weekend.

    Ridge of high pressure with warm temperatures for Friday July 29, 2016.

    May be in for a change on Sunday, but that is a ways off!!


Avalanche shakes Otago Mountain Range: New Zealand

Footage of rock slide/avalanche on Colchuck Glacier Washington State: July 16, 2016

Five climbers rescued 4 killed after avalanche on Huarascan Mtn: Peru

Bodies of two mountaineers hit by avalanche in Peru found: Huascaran

Swedish Free Skier has passed from injuries sustained in an avalanche: Farellones, Chile

Large avalanche stops summit attempt on K2 & Karakorum: Pakistan

More info on avalanche in Tibet: Dungru Village

Khion Touring Boot Recall: Dynafit

Record snowfall for July in parts of Northern Canada: N.W.T.

La Nina according too: Canadian Encyclopedia

    Monday afternoon, Howe Sound. 0.4 mm of rain recorded in Whistler at 660 meters.

    Tuesday evening, nice light South aspect of Anvil Island- Click for info-Pigeon Guillemont

   Vancouver Airport Wednesday evening.

    Marmot Heaven. Thursday evening.

    Happy Home.

    Bottom of Decker Glacier Friday.

    Fissile Friday evening.

    Baby Marmots Saturday morning.

    Indian Paint Brush. Wild flowers in the alpine will peak in 1-2 weeks.

    Ironman on Hwy 99, Sunday morning.

18 Jul 2016

July 18, 2016

    An avalanche in Ngari, Tibet has buried 9 herders--article below.                                        Net Pic

    Monday July 11, 2016 16:00 Hrs. Overcast but dry. 0.5 mm recorded at 1550 meters.

   Tuesday July 12, 2016--07:15 Hrs. +4 Deg Overcast and raining lightly.

    Satellite image from same time frame.

    Light rain in the alpine for most of the day, Tuesday. 0.4 mm recorded at 660 meters.

    Variable visibility Tuesday.

    Large cumulus clouds Wednesday.

    Thursday July 14, 2016. +6 at 1835 meters as of 07:00 Hrs. 1.7 mm of rain recorded at 660 meters.

    Image from early Thursday morning.

    Thundershowers Thursday in Pemberton.

    Friday July 15, 2016 more cloud. 0.8 mm recorded at 660 meters. + 8 at 07:00 hrs.

    Image from Friday morning.

    Rainbow Glacier early Friday morning.

    A few clouds Friday evening,  a trace of rain recorded at 660 meters.

    Saturday July 16, 2016. Low and high level cloud. 09:00 Hrs.

    Image from Saturday morning.

    Nice for most of the day once the lower cloud lifted. 0.8 mm of rain recorded at 660 meters.

    Sunday July 17, 2016. Unsettled in the morning--10:00 Hrs.

     Image from Sunday morning. More of the same!!!

    Cloudy Sunday evening, full moon is on July 19 Th. Lightning strikes again Sunday evening.

Weather Observations for July 18, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     +7, Winds were 10-15 KPH ESE --Horstman Hut
1860 meters     +8, Winds were   5-10 KPH ESE --Rendevous
1550 meters     +9, RH 82%--1.9 mm of rain        -- Catskinner
  660 meters   +11, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +23.8. 0.6 mm of Precip recorded yest

Pemberton received 2.1 mm or rain on Saturday and 0.9 mm on Sunday.

   As of 08:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

    Image from this morning, looks like some storm clouds over Washington State.

For the forecast, a stationary upper level low to our South will continue to bring unsettled weather with the chance of some thunderstorms into mid week. For today we should see clouds build up this afternoon with a good chance of a thunder storm.  Cool showery weather will prevail until possibly next weekend.  A broad upper level ridge will hopefully build by Friday night or Saturday bringing drier conditions with slightly warmer temperatures in a Westerly flow aloft.

    Low to the South will bring unsettled weather for today with the chance of thunder/lightning.

    Flow into mid week.

    Still looking moist for Wednesday.

    Long range models have a nice looking Monday next week--only time will tell!!

Some statistics from the past 10 years for June, observations taken at Nester's Weather Station.

Year                                       Avg Max Temp                     Total Precipitation

June 2007                                      +17.8                                     75.3 mm
June 2008                                      +18.4                                     28.4 mm
June 2009                                      +21.8                                     28.0 mm
June 2010                                      +17.7                                     58.1 mm
June 2011                                      +17.3                                     25.2 mm
June 2012                                      +16.1                                     55.6 mm
June 2013                                      +19.2                                     56.5 mm
June 2014                                      +20.2                                     20.4 mm
June 2015                                      +25.8                                     12.9 mm
June 2016                                      +20.2                                     64.0 mm


An avalanche in Chile has Matilda Rapaport fighting for her life: SnowBrains

An avalanche has buried 9 in Tibet: China

Footage of an avalanche involvement in Chile: July 12, 2016

"Dust on Crust" concerns Avalanche Forecasters: New Zealand

El Nino played a key role in Pacific marine heatwave: Science Daily

June 2016 ENSO discussion--The new Neutral: NOAA

Mountains with high risk of getting stuck in an avalanche: Extreme Travel

    Monday July 11, 2016 Awesome riding conditions. Dry and cool.

    Howe Sound Monday morning.

    Grass Muncher on Whistler Tuesday.

    Mount Currie Wednesday morning.

    Gnarly cotton wood along the Upper Lillooet River

    Merger group Thursday morning.

    Ice cave at the headwaters of the Squamish River, Friday.

    Rainbow sub division.

    Blending in, Howe Sound Saturday.

    Nita lake Sunday evening.