14 Mar 2014

March 14, 2014

                             Mt Jefferson in Idaho , video of a recent avalanche in article section.

    Photo from Toby Salin, recent avalanche activity on Sproatt. Left part of photo.

    Pink sky Thursday morning.

    Thin stratus nimbus layer early in the day.

    Stratus nimbus present Friday morning.

    Watch out for snow sharks, they are lurking amongst the crust.

   Became cloudier as the day progressed.

    East facing slopes warmed up with the 3 cm crust becoming moist quickly in the sun, yest am.

Weather observations for March 14, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs this am.

2240 meters      -5, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -4, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 25-50 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -3, Winds were 10-25 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters      -1, 6 cm of new snow, Base 244 cm
1550 meters      -2, 6 cm of new snow, Base 192 cm
  660 meters       0, Valley Temperature, Max yesterday +10.3

Maximum gust at 2240 meters last night was 75 KPH from the S

For the forecast the weak frontal band associated with a cold front on its back edge will pass through this morning. Post frontal showers may continue this morning with light snow easing to snow flurries this afternoon with mostly cloudy skies. Unsettled conditions with some sunny breaks. Another frontal band associated with a warm front will move in this evening with several impulses of moisture for Saturday with heavy snow expected Saturday night. A weaker frontal band moves through on Sunday with light to moderate snow. Models remain consistent for an upper level ridge to start building on Monday with unsettled weather. Tuesday into Wednesday looks much drier with a mix of sun and cloud. The next frontal band scheduled for Thursday is a bit too far away for any agreement in the models. Guesstimates 5-8 cm by Saturday morning, 20-25 cm by Sunday morning, 10-12 cm by Monday morning. Freezing levels look to be between 1000-1300 meters fluctuating with the passing of the fronts.

    Satellite image from Thursday morning. Some blue bird amongst the thin cloud cover.

Avalanches, snowfall kill 14 in Kashmir: India

Update on avalanche in Montana that killed young snowmobiler: Cooke City

Recco used to locate buried snowmobiler: Nelson, B.C.

Avalanche Centre warns backcountry users about Troublesome "snowpack": CAC

More avalanche app promotion, from Science daily, Wrong message. Please follow advice from Canadian Avalanche Centre in regards to Avalanche Apps: CAC

Skier injured in avalanche near Bridger Bowl: Montana

Series of avalanches engulf Idaho's Highway 21 (Avalanche Alley): Weeks to clean up

23 Avalanche fatalities in the US so far this season: Avalanche.org

Video Friday picks:

Wing Suits, Skier's, Speed Kiters-alot of co-ordinating, amazing footage: You Tube

Snow Talks-March 13, 2014: Calgary Outdoor Centre

Video of Mt Jefferson avalanche: March 12, 2014

    Satellite image from 15:00 Hrs Thursday, picture below from same time frame.

    For a while later in the morning cirrus clouds became prevalent and then disappeared.

    Roof avalanche!!

    Winds were still moving snow around yesterday early afternoon..

    Blown snow was reactive in small isolated pockets.

    Nice light on some mid morning tracks, March 13, 2014.

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