17 Apr 2012

Collecting data in the field on your I Pad is a breakthrough in Information Exchange!

Using the App Avalanche Lab is a way to electronically take Avalanche Observations and share them quickly through the Web. Waterproof cases can be used even when it is wet.

Apple does have some concerns with operating in the outdoor environment :

Environmental Requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
I have used mine and my phone in much colder temperatures. So far no problems!

At 2280 meters the temperature is -9 as of 06:00 Hrs, winds were 5-15 KPH from the ESE.
At 1550 meters the temperature is -4, 76% relative humidity and the barometer is rising slightly.
We received 1.5 mil of rain which washed away the 2 cm of snow on the boards at Catskinner.
In the valley it is 0. Max temp at 1550 meters yesterday at 15:30 was +3.

For the latest Avalanche Advisory click here: Avalanche Advisory

The Canadian Avalanche Association is having a CPD Seminar on May 2, 2012 on the technology available to Avalanche Professionals which should allow collection and sharing of information much faster.

From the Pencil to the iPad - Emerging Information Technology for Field Work
CAA's Continuing Professional Development Day
May 2, Penticton Convention Centre
A host of information technologies are available to avalanche professionals today. With new choices rapidly appearing come new complexities. Where does hard-earned wisdom and experience fit in this high-tech world? 
Seminar speakers and topics include:
• Bruce Tremper, Director of Utah Avalanche Center - Crowd-sourcing for avalanche forecasts
• Jesse Crocker - Avalanche Lab application creator
• Rob Whelan - Streaming video and images from remote locations
• Bruce Jamieson & Cora Shea – Remote 2-way satellite messaging and data transfer
• Panel Discussion - “The Human App”: the limits of high-tech in the field
• TecTerra - Geomatics in avalanche forecasting
CPD Tickets are available by calling the CAA 250-837-2435 ext 240:
CAA Members: $80 plus tax includes lunch if purchased by April 24th
Non CAA Members: $160 plus tax includes lunch if purchased by April 24th
Tickets will be available at the door at the same prices as above, but will not include lunch.
CAA summary from April 4-11, 2012 : Weekly Summary

Some in depth information on snow crystals: Snow Crystals

Tutorial on Avalanche Safety from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Training: AIARE

Interesting comments on Taylor Mtn avalanche this winter: Ski Cutting

Yesterday was possibly the worst sliding day of the whole season, thats pretty impressive considering we are half way through April!!