13 Dec 2013

December 13, 2013

December 12, 2013, the approaching snow from the South.

Mid mountain, it snowed 4 cm, talked to some who ventured into the alpine saying they were in 14 cm of snow yesterday afternoon in some terrain features.

After yesterdays light snow fall it felt a lot more like X-Mas.

This mornings weather observations taken at 06:00 December 13, 2013.

2180 meters    -4, winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters    -4, winds were 10-15 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters    -3, winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
1650 meters    -1, 3 cm new snow, the Base is 84 cm; 4 cm yesterday
1550 meters    -1, 3 cm new snow, Base is 58 cm; 4 cm yesterday
  660 meters    -3,  Valley Temp, 4.7 mm of precip yesterday

Today we will see cloudy skies with a moist air mass and post frontal flow for our zone. A weak cold front will be here for Saturday with little precipitation expected. Another cloudy day for Sunday. Unsettled weather for Monday as a weak ridge of high pressure builds.

Guesstimates: 1-3 cm for Saturday, Trace of new for Sunday, Dry day on Monday. Looking at the models there is a good chance for light snow Tuesday into Wednesday.

Best 6 Ski Mountaineering reported trips of 2012-2013 "season" : Skin Track

Route Finding Exercise: New Zealand Avalanche Centre

Large Avalanches released by Helibombing: Colorado

Account of avalanche in Grizzly Gulch; Blind Spot: Amie Engerbertson

Lhotse, one of the local avalanche dogs practicing.

Great to once again see some snow in the trees.

Yesterday's satellite picture.

Lots of precip East and South of our zone.

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