9 Jan 2016

January 9, 2016

    Early Friday morning, January 8, 2016. Stratus layer was moving in from the South.

    Nice light in the morning.

    Stratus layer slowly crept Northward in the morning.

    Later in the afternoon it was clear to the North.

    And somewhat clear to the South. Stratus layer ended up parking over the top of our zone.

Weather Observations for January 9, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -8, Winds were 10-15 KPH SSE    --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -7, Winds were 10-15 KPH S         --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -7, Winds were 0-5  KPH E            --Rendevous
1835 meters    -5, Winds were 0-5 KPH E             --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -7, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 166 cm Base, RH 95%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 125 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.9. 0 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hours we have some scattered cloud and unlimited visibility.

I will be at the Deep Winter Photo Contest this evening with some silent auction items to help support The Avalanche Canada Foundation. Items are a Mens Cerium Lt Hoody Size M Colour Anaconda and a 31 Litre Khamski Pack. Come by, say Hi and make a bid.

For the forecast, high pressure will strengthen today with mostly sunny conditions, the freezing level will again rise to about 1100 meters by this afternoon and drop back down about 800 meters this evening. The persistent stratus layer we have been experiencing for the past 2 days may show up again today. This morning it is a low stratus layer moving in from the Northeast. Will likely rise after the sun comes up and hopefully dissipate by this afternoon. Sunday will also be mostly sunny and we likely experience some cloud with the FL rising to around 1400 meters, warm temperatures will persist into next week. Unsettled conditions should arrive by Monday afternoon as the ridge begins to weaken and a front moves into our zone from the West. As of now Tuesday and Wednesday look cloudy and wet. The ridge is supposed to rebuild Thursday. Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend.  Great cruising yesterday with some nice soft snow on the steeps.

    Ridge continues to block us from any weather to the West.

    High pressure for Sunday.

    Unsettled Monday afternoon as the next front off the coast spins some cloud our way.

    Front should arrive on Tuesday.


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Tahoe storm could raise avalanche risk: Lake Tahoe

    Cool temperatures in the valley yesterday morning, it eventually warmed up.

    Raven was looking for food at the Horstman Hut.

    Table Top Mountain.

    Snow gun on Horstman Glacier.

    Top of the Peak Chair with the Tantalus Range in the background. Looked sunny in Van.

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