3 Jan 2016

January 3, 2016

   An avalanche in Hatcher Pass, AK has killed a sledder, story below.                          Net File Pic

    Just before sunrise Friday January 2, 2016. Mount Garibaldi to the Right.

    Sun just coming up, Castle Towers to the right.

    Mount Fee.

    Line ups on the hill were very tolerable.

    You can loose your pass for skiing here. Know where there are permanent closures.

    Still warm in the alpine Saturday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 3, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -8, Winds were 20-50 KPH NNE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -7, Winds were 20-35 KPH E       --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -4, Winds were 15-30  KPH E      --Rendevous
1835 meters    -4, Winds were 15-35 KPH ESE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -4, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 169 cm Base, RH 48%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -4, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 124 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters  -14, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -4.2. 0 mm of Precip recorded 

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, another day with sunny skies in a dry Easterly flow. By this evening we should see some cloud development as a low to the South affects our area with the flow switching to Southwest aloft. A series of very weak fronts will push through this week as the low to our South brushes our zone with mostly unsettled conditions. Not much consistency in the models so best to take each day one at a time. The freezing level should remain near the surface for the next few days. Tuesday night at this time looks to be cloudy with some very light precipitation.

    Some cloud development likely this evening.

    Still a nice dry day.

    Dry low will bring some cloud into the area this evening.


Snowmobiler killed in an avalanche at Hatcher Pass: Alaska

The El Nino will Probably be stronger in 2016: Science Daily

Doug Walker, killed in apparent avalanche used tech wealth to spread joy of the outdoors: Seattle Times

 Avalanche Conditions Report: Whitewater Conditions

Alps from Space: Pisthors.com

    Lots of stratus cloud in Washington State. Yesterday's satellite image.

    High pressure surrounded by various forms of cloud.

    The first minute of light is usually the best.

    We have a lot of really cool terrain in our backyard!!

    Early Friday morning.

    Dry smoke.

    NE of Matier, observed Dec 30. Earthquake related?                                   BC Highways Photo

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