22 Mar 2015

March 22, 2015

    Avalanche kills two women and a child in Banihal, India. Story in Articles below.   Internet Pic

    By 8:00 Hours on Saturday March 21, 2015 a sucker hole passed through. .

    08:15 Hours, not many keen powder hounds.

    A brief break in the cloud on Saturday morning.

    Big line up for Spanky's, Saturday morning.

    Some blue skies later in the day but the low level clouds hung around all day.

    Challenging visibility in the alpine at times yesterday.

    Snow line is decent, just before last light on Saturday.


Weather Observations for March 22, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -9, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the SE
2180 meters     -6, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the SSE
1860 meters     -6, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1835 meters     -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters     -5, Trace of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hours, Base 181 cm
1550 meters     -3, Trace of  new snow, Base 125 cm,  Relative Humidity 100%. 
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +8.3, 3.2 mm recorded on Saturday

    As of 06:45 we have broken cloud, unlimited visibility at 1835 meters &  low cloud in the valley.



For the forecast, a weak cold front will move onshore later this morning with light precipitation and a freezing level of around 1500 meters this afternoon, dropping to 1000 meters by this evening in a Southeasterly flow.  Low level cloud will proceed the front early this am. An upper level trough will develop for Monday afternoon bringing unsettled conditions with some isolated flurries to the area until Tuesday night. FL will fluctuate from daytime highs of around 1500 meters to night time lows of around 1000 meters. On Tuesday evening a weak frontal band moves on shore with a warm front approaching on Wednesday with the FL rising to 2000 meters by Wednesday night, accompanied by light precipitation.  A warm upper level ridge will begin to build on Thursday with unsettled conditions, FL rising to 3000+ meters, strengthening into Friday with warm sunny conditions. Guesstimates: 5-8 cm by Monday morning, Trace to 2 cm by Tuesday morning, 5-8 cm by Wednesday morning, 4-6 cm by Thursday morning above 1800 meters.

Whistler Blackcomb ski patrol had size 1-1.5 avalanche releases yesterday with ski cutting and explosive control work. There were also a couple of size 2 results observed. Several size 1-2 natural avalanches were observed near the ski area yesterday in the backcountry.




    Satellite image Saturday morning.

    Satellite image Saturday afternoon.

    The big picture with the next frontal band approaching the coast.

    Cold front moving on shore later this morning.

    Image from early this am.

    Cold front moving through this afternoon.

    Upper level trough following for Monday.

    Unsettled for Tuesday.

    Warm front for Wednesday.

    High pressure building again on Friday.

    Low is big, so is the high but unsettled conditions for most of next week, until Friday.



ARTICLES:

Massive avalanche kills 2 women, child in Banihal: Kashmir, India

Robson Gmoser respected risk-and pursued it with a passion: GlobeandMail

Are avalanches inherent risk of resort skiing?: Colorado Supreme Court


    Wedge early Saturday morning.

    Dave Murray run still doing well despite the temperatures.

    A short walk to Dusty's is now mandatory.

    Still skiing/riding into the town centre.

    Still able to get to the bottom of the wizard chair on Blackcomb.

    Timing flats on Dave Murray Saturday afternoon.

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