11 Feb 2016

February 11, 2016

    Another article below on the Duffy Lake avalanche at the Wendy Thompson Hut: Chris Mauer Pic

    Avalanche? Not very steep. Snow cat snow farming? Perhaps! Any other photos? Vaujany, FR.

    Breaks in the cloud Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016.

    Warm front was on its way early Wednesday morning--08:00 Hours.

   A sign of the times and what is on the way!!

    Snow began to fall at around 09:00 hours.

    Snowline was at around 1500 meters in the am, up to 1700 meters by the afternoon.

Weather Observations for February 11, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH NE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -6, Winds were 8-12 KPH NE  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      0, Winds were 0-5   KPH SE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -1, Winds were 5-15 KPH NE   --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -2, 0 cm of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 230 cm Base, RH 100%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -2, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 185 cm Base, RH 90%    --Catskinner 
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +6.1. 4.3 mm of Precip recorded

   As of 07:00 Hrs we have mostly cloudy skies and unlimitted visibility.

For the forecast, a brief break in the series of frontal waves in a dry Northerly flow for this morning. Another warm front by this afternoon in a moist Southwest flow, with a trailing weak cold front early Friday, with light/moderate precipitation into Friday. The FL will likely rise to around 1900 meters with the approach of the warm front then gradually descend to around 1000 meters by Friday night. Similar scenario to last Fridays storm with a little less precipitation. An upper level trough pushes through for Saturday with a much cooler air mass and light intermittent snow during the day. Models are beginning to agree on the long term outlook. The long fetch of moisture heading our way may not be as warm as first forecasted. Even with the possible intense front approaching for Monday the FL may spike to 1800 meters for a brief period then bring lots of snow to the alpine, by Tuesday. Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Friday morning, 15-20 cm by Saturday morning, 8-10 cm by Sunday morning.

    Break before the next front moves onshore this afternoon.

    Southwesterly flow for today into tomorrow.

    Southerly flow for Friday with light precip in the morning changing to Moderate by the evening.

     Cooling off Friday night. Upper level trough begins to move in, Westerly flow.

    Upper level trough for Saturday in a Westerly flow.

   Another front for Sunday, coming in cold leaving warm, before a very active front on Monday.


Another article on  the Avalanche involvement at the Wendy Thompson Hut: CBCNews

Indian Soldiers condition worsens after avalanche rescue: New Delhi

Skiing on a High Avy Danger Day: BackcountryMagazine

Youth Culture: AvalancheGeeks

Why avalanche victims get publicly shamed-And why they shouldn't: Teton Gravity

Very Close Call-Snowmobiler hopes video raises awareness for snow safety: CTV News

    Yesterdays image taken just before 11:00 Hrs, snowing at 1860 meters.

    Big picture yesterday morning.

    Approaching front. Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

    Line up at the pumps.

    Wet snow at 11:00 Hours, -1--Winds 25-50 KPH at 1860 meters.

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