28 Jan 2016

January 28, 2016

    Broken cloud in the morning, very light precipitation for most of the day, Wednesday.

    Trimming cornice noses early Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

    Yesterday had that wet and warm look!!!

    By 15:45 Hours it began to snow (wet) at 1860 meters, temperature was 0, winds were 30-50 ESE.

    Very moist in the valley at days end. At 2240 meters it was 0, with 100 KPH winds SSE.

Weather Observations for January 28, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -1, Winds were 55-75 KPH S        --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -1, Winds were 50-75 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters  -0.5, Winds were 40-60 KPH ESE   --Rendevous
1835 meters    +1, Winds were 20-60 KPH SE      --Roundhouse
1650 meters    +2, 7 cm of new snow, 7 cm in 24 hrs, 201 cm Base, RH 100%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    +2, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 164 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters    +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.8. 10.8 mm of Precip recorded

Maximum gust early this morning was 135 KPH SSE at 03:18 Hours, it was -1 at that time.

    As of 07:00 Hours we have overcast skies, variable visibility and it is snowing lightly.

For the forecast, a vigorous warm front continues to give us strong winds and heavy precipitation early this am. The FL will slowly drop to 1500 meters by this afternoon, and precipitation amounts as well, as a trailing cold front passes through. The flow will become more Westerly, with some breaks in the pattern tonight into Friday morning. We should see the FL hover around 800 meters by tonight. Another cold front in a Westerly flow will bring light snowfall with a FL near the surface for Friday into Saturday. A deep west coast trough will form for Sunday with unsettled cool conditions into Monday. As of now it looks like a weak upper ridge may form for Monday, more on that in tomorrow's post.  Guesstimates: 5-10 cm by Friday morning, 18-22 cm by Saturday morning, 15-20 cm by Sunday morning.

    Warm front will move East this morning with a trailing cold front.

    Strong winds overnight and into this morning. Temperature at 2240 meters was -0.5 by 21:00 Hrs.

    Westerly flow with cooler temperatures.

    Cooler Temperatures Thursday.


Avalanche Fatalities spike in Western U.S.: BackcountryMagazine

Tree Well Danger an "Under Appreciated Risk": PowderMagazine

Second worst January for US avalanche deaths in 20 years: TheGuardian

Fundraiser aims to support family of avalanche victim: Montana

    Wednesday afternoon.

    Strong warm front heading right at us.

    Subtropical moisture North of Hawaii.

    Wet snow later in the afternoon.

    Snow was falling in the Alpine in the afternoon on sweep.

    Wet in the valley at the end of the day.

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