19 Nov 2015

November 19, 2015


    Size 2 natural avalanche NW Aspect Black Tusk Area Wednesday.                                      Jia Pic
    Thanks to Dary Hemmons for the intel:100 cm + crown Na during Nov 17 storm, ran in lower
    density 1F pp 1.5-2 mm that fell early in the storm. Wind loading to 120 cm lee N asp @ 1930
    meters, isolated cross loaded pockets.

                Na's Lesser Flute, photo taken Nov 18 Th-slid Nov 17 Th.  Anton Horvath Pic


    Sunrise Wednesday November 18, 2015.

    Snow making still working hard.

    First in line Wednesday at Noon.

    Yesterdays big picture.

    Ariel view of Horstman Glacier, looking better than last year at this time.


Weather Observations for November 19, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -12, Winds were 20-35 KPH NNE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -11, Winds were 15-25 KPH SW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -10, Winds were 10-15 KPH NW  --Rendevous
1835 meters    -10, Winds were 5-10 KPH N  --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -10, 0 cm of new, 77 cm Base  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      -9, 0 cm of new, ? cm Base RH 90 % --Catskinner 
  660 meters      -4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.4.

   As of 07:00 Hours this am we have clear skies, some broken valley cloud and unlimited visibility.


For the forecast, clearing trend with a Northwest Flow aloft will bring sunny weather as an upper level ridge builds into the weekend. A significant upper level trough should bring some snow to the area by Monday into Wednesday. Updates daily on that possible scenario. Freezing levels will hover in the valley for today, rising to around 1000 meters by Friday. Looking like there will be a spike in the FL Saturday evening, possibly rising higher than the local peaks. Inversions likely for the weekend.

    Clearing out this am, still some moisture to our South


    Some clouds this morning before surface high pressure builds.

    Looking Bluebird later this morning.

     East to Northeast offshore flow with warmer temperatures on Friday in the upper elevations .


ARTICLES:

Avalanche Canada urges patience for Backcountry travel: Pique

An effort towards Zero Avalanche Deaths: Project Zero

New Research project at Montana State University: Travel Behaviour in Avalanche Terrain

Highland Bowl Avalanche set off by Bootpackers: Aspen, Colorado

After 7 months, Avalanche Victims remains still being discovered in Nepal: Kathmandu


                   Na from Wednesday's storm, Back Bowl.                          Anton Horvath Pic

       Wind affected frozen shmoo on Black Tusk Wednesday.                   Dary Hemmons Photo

    More cloud than sun yesterday.


    Another ariel shot from yesterday morning. Decent coverage!!                                                  

    How many lights can you put on a tree??

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