22 Dec 2013

December 22, 2013

First avalanche death of the year in North America: Not equipped with the basics




Sunrise December 21, 2013; stratus cloud layer was mid mountain.

Sunset December 21, 2013; stratus layer rose during the day.


Cool layers of stratus cloud looking West.




Snow info from Callaghan Lodge, Thanks Brad
Was pleased to see our snow stake move from 74 cm where it had been resting for what seemed like an  eternity to 102 cm after Saturday's brief storm. 





Weather observations for December 22, 2013 taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters    -3, winds were 15-25 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters    -3, winds were 15-25 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters    -2, winds were 0-10 KPH from the S
1650 meters    -2, trace of new snow, Base 90 cm
1550 meters    -4, 1 cm of new snow, Base 68 cm
  660 meters    -3, Valley Temperature

For the forecast a dirty ridge will dominate the zone today prior to the arrival of an upper level trough with an associated cold front Sunday evening into Monday. A ridge of high pressure will slowly build on Tuesday with unsettled weather. Christmas day looks mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks in the morning and seasonable temperatures. The rest of the week is looking unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud.  Guesstimates: 1-3 cm for today; 10-12 cm by Monday morning; Flurries for Tuesday - Wednesday Night.

Precipitation moving into our area today.




First avalanche fatality of the year in North America: Golden, B.C.

Changing the culture of shame: Bruce Temper

Cross Country trail to open on Whistler Mountain: Pique

100-foot snowmobile jump: Dan Treadway

Why it snows so much in the Frozen North: Science Daily

Speed Rider killed in Avalanche near L'Alpe d'Huez: France

Explore, Avalanche Safety: Are you Beeping

Two girls killed in an avalanche in: North Kashmir


Surface Hoar was enjoying the day, -4 when this shot was taken.

Looking South mid day high cirrus clouds.

Looking North mid day high cirrus clouds above a thick stratus layer.



Skiing into the stratus cloud layer.



Cirrus cloud layer became thicker just after 12:00 Pm.

Looking dry up until Friday of this week.

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