20 Mar 2014

March 20, 2014

    First day of spring, March 20, 2014.

    Skiing was very nice yesterday morning.

    Intense power flurries March 19, 2014; right to the valley.

    Convective flurries yesterday afternoon. 

    Whistler Mountain at days end March 19, 2014.

Weather observations for March 20, 2014; taken at 06;00 hrs this am.

2240 meters     -12, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the W
2180 meters       -9, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the S
1860 meters     -11, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the S
1835 meters     -10, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters       -8, Trace of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 264 cm
1550 meters       -7, Trace of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 208 cm
  660 meters       -2, Valley Temperature, 3.5 mm of precip yesterday

For the forecast, the air mass dried out last night with some convective activity but less than expected precip amounts. West-Northweast flow develops today with unsettled conditions and possible flurries later today. The air mass stabilises later tonight as a dirty offshore ridge keeps building into our zone for Friday. A very weak trough is expected to move into our zone for Saturday bringing more unsettled conditions with the chance of some flurries. The upper level ridge rebuilds for Sunday into Monday.

    Clouds in the morning, with unsettled conditions by noon yesterday.

    Looking like a pretty nice day Friday, clouds should develop in the afternoon.

Huge cornice collapse, very lucky snowboarder: Colorado

Investigations into two Montana avalanche deaths: Helena, Montana

Bamyan avalanche leaves 5 women dead: Afghanistan

Avalanche threat forces 230 persons to safer locations: Kashmir

A day in the life of an avalanche forecaster: Utah

Surviving an Avalanche: Interview with Jim Gudjonson

    Intense snow flurries at times yesterday afternoon.

    Some blue appeared around noon.

    Was sceptical whether these cumulus clouds would bring convective snow overnight.

    Large cumulus clouds developed yesterday afternoon.

                                  Pressure dropped through out the day March 19, 2014.

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