23 Dec 2015

December 23, 2015

    First Light Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

    Skiing into the clouds.

    Wave Cloud.

    Black Tusk Tuesday morning.

    Later in the day.

    Just after sunset.

Weather Observations for December 23, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -10, Winds were 25-40 KPH SSW         --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -10, Winds were 25-30 KPH S               --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -9, Winds were 15-25 KPH E               --Rendevous
1835 meters      -8, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE             --Roundhouse
1650 meters      -6, 3 cm of new, 3 cm in 24 hours 190 cm Base, Relative Humidity 92%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      -7, 3 cm of new, 134 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters      -4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.5. 0 mm of precipitation recorded

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast: overcast skies with light snowfall expected today in a Westerly flow aloft. Yet another storm track sags well South of our zone. There is a chance of a short impulse of moderate snow this evening. Thursday will see flurries in the morning becoming unsettled by the evening as a ridge of high pressure begins to build in the area. The ridge will strengthen for Friday and likely stay around into Saturday in a Northerly flow aloft. Freezing levels will remain below or at the valley floor for the next few days. Guesstimates: 10-18cm by Thursday morning, 1-3 cm by Friday morning.

              Hope we get some snow as the low moves Southeast.

    We are just on the edge, keep your fingers crossed.

    Looking dry by Thursday afternoon.


Skier dies in "snow immersion event" while skiing near Whistler: Pique

Snow basin ski patrol injured in an avalanche:  Utah

Death, Taxes, and Avalanches: Jeff Satropa

Skier Caught in In-Bounds Avalanche at Mammoth Ca.: December 14, 2015

Forecasters warn of potential for "unsurvivable" avalanches: Utah

    Valley cloud in the morning, yesterdays satellite image..

    Hoping some of the moisture will reach us.

    Marine cloud layer in the valley.

    Surface hoar was happily growing.

    Marine stratus layer eventually lifted.

    Ice cave is closed, very dangerous place to be standing in or jumping off of..

    Great morning for ski touring, the light did get flat later in the afternoon.

    Some great quality powder on Monday.

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