17 Jan 2015

January 17, 2015

    Started breaking at 08:00 Hours Friday January 16, 2015.

    Official sunrise yesterday was at 08:05.

    Surprisingly quiet at 08:20 Hours. Yesterday morning.

    By noon it was unsettled with some great light.

    Alpin glow on Friday.

    Sunset January 16, 2014.

    Below Cham Chutes yesterday, skier remote, lots of whumphing!!      Tasso Lazaridis  Photo

Weather Observations for January 17, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -8, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        -7, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        -7, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the WNW
1835 meters        -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1650 meters        -3, Trace of new new snow, Base 134 cm
1550 meters        -3, Trace of new new snow, Base 106 cm,  RH 97%.
  660 meters         0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest + 4.9, Precip in 24 hours 3.7 mm.

    As of 07:00 hours we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility. Lights from Rendezvous top Lt.

For the forecast, low pressure system offshore is slowly moving East. We will see an increase in high cloud with light flurries this morning in a Southwest flow. A cold front will reach the zone this evening changing to a Westerly flow with heavy snowfall and a freezing level around 1200-1400 meters. Strong winds will be associated with the front. This front will remain over the area into Sunday morning, then slowly move out of the zone with post frontal showers and a descending freezing level bottoming out at around 1000 meters by Sunday night. Monday will be cloudy with the slight chance of some isolated snow flurries and the freezing level hovering around 1000 meters. A ridge of high pressure will begin to build Monday evening bringing unsettled conditions to the area for Tuesday into Wednesday. Guesstimates: 12-16 cm by Sunday morning, 10-12 cm by Monday morning. 

Avalanche control work on WB yesterday produced mostly size 1 slab avalanches with a couple of size 2 results on Whistler.

    Low pressure moving onto the coast this morning.

    Most of the moisture will be here this evening.

    Most of the moisture is South of our zone, it is colder than forecasted yesterday.


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    Just after noon the clouds were beginning to thicken out of the South.

    Cool light at days end!

    Snow line and cloud yesterday afternoon.

    Alpha Lake yesterday afternoon, under cloudy skies.

    A sequence of shots from someone Sled Boarding yesterday near Grizzly Lake. January 16, 2015.

    Just approaching the convex roll. Previous run to the right.

    Slab released about 2 meters in front of board.

    Westerly slope, already had been ridden about 30 minutes before this slab released.

    Luckily he did not go for a ride. Fracture looks to be 40-50 cm deep. 

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