13 Nov 2015

November 13, 2015

    More information on the avalanche in Rogers Pass last week, story below. Avalanche Canada Pic

    Whistler is opening Thursday Nov 19Th, Blackcomb Thursday Nov 26Th.

    Early Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

    Snow to the valley early Wednesday morning

    Lower Olympic run Wednesday Morning.

    Clouds slowly dissipated as the day progressed. 8.3 mm of precip recorded early am at 660M.

    Snowing in them there hills. Thursday November 12, 2015. Base at 1650 meters was 50 cm.

    Big picture Thursday afternoon.

    Thick cloud over our zone Thursday.

    Snowing at 680 meters. A little snow football. 16:00 Hours.

    Slushing at 660 meters. Nesters Weather Station 16:30 Hours. 15 mm recorded yesterday.

Weather Observations for November 13, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -2, Winds were 65-105 KPH SSW  --Horstman Hut Station
1860 meters      -1, Winds were 35-75 KPH E  --Rendevous
1835 meters       0, Winds were 20-65 KPH SSE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters  +1.5, Relative Humidity 100% Base 78 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.9. 10.5 mm before midnight.

Maximum winds at 2240 meters yesterday were 117 KPH, at 1835 meters 75 KPH.
0 Degrees at 1835 meters by 22:30 Hours last night.

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies and variable visibility. 0 degrees.

For the forecast, the strong jet will direct the brunt of this storm to the South in a Westerly flow. We will still see some precipitation and wind in the alpine. Freezing levels have spiked this morning then slowly come back to the valley by Saturday night with another dose of precipitation. An upper level trough will bring a cooler and drier air mass for Sunday. Long range models are looking at another front arriving Monday evening with light to heavy precipitation into Wednesday with a freezing levels again rising to near 2000 meters. Next Thursday at this time is looking like a weak ridge building but that's a ways off. Will post again on Monday. We could see between 30-50 cm of snow above 1000 meters by Sunday morning.

    Precipitation has eased off this morning.

    Friday is looking like a moist day. FL will spike this morning then drop fairly quickly.

    Still think the brunt of the moisture plum will go South.

    Snow flurries late Friday into Saturday morning above 1000 meters. Moderate snowfall Sat Eve.

    Northerly flow again Sunday.

    Next significant system, Tuesday/Wednesday, could be a pineapple? More on that in the next post.


Interesting skiing experience on Black Tusk: Matt Gunn

An explanation of the not so typical El Nino : Weather Channel

Falling onto a snow bridge in a deep crevasse: Chamonix

Snow Pack Analysis of an avalanche in Schofield Pass: Colorado


More information on the avalanche in Rogers pass last weekend: Castanet

"Avalanche Alley" museum brings nature's deadly force to Virtual Life:  Revelstoke, B.C.

Nine things I learned at the Northwest Snow & Avalanche Workshop: BackcountryMagazine

S.A.F.E.A.S. Clinics: Freeskier

Early Season Avalanches triggered in South-central Alaska: Give it up

Some snowpack information from Elfin Lakes: Kurt Withers

Avalanche events are well underway in North America, partial burial Lake Tahoe: SnowBrains

    Great local showing for Remembrance Day.

    Guns getting it done on Whistler Wednesday.

    View from Kadenwood, early Remembrance Day.

    Town Centre Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

    View from the bottom of Husume Wednesday, November 11, 2015.                   Max Horner Pic

    Slippery surface, new snow and guess what?

    Awesome presentation last night from Jeremy Hanke--BSP Snowmobile Avalanche Awareness.

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