13 Feb 2016

February 13, 2016

    Short lived break in the action early Friday morning, February 12, 2016.

    Tracks speak for themselves. Below 1500 meters.

    Snowing lightly early yesterday morning.

    70 KPH winds as the front pushed through around noon yesterday (1835M). 102 KPH at 2240 M.

    30 cm of moist powder at 2000 meters in lee terrain.

    Power flurry at the top of the Solar Coaster in the afternoon.

    Wet avalanche debris on Cougar Chutes from Xe. Size 1-2 Xe & Sc during control work yesterday.

Weather Observations for February 13, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 25-40 KPH SSE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -6, Winds were 30-40 KPH S       --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -6, Winds were 15-25   KPH SE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were 20-40 KPH SSE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -3, 8 cm of new snow, 13 cm in 24 hrs, 242 cm Base, RH 93%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -2, 6 cm of new snow,   8 cm in 24 hrs, 185 cm Base, RH 93%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters    +3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.4. 18 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies, unlimited visibility & it is snowing very lightly.

Avalanche control on WB yesterday produced Sz 1-2 ssl above 2000 meters and wet slabs and loose avalanches below. Sc, Xe, and Xc with a few large cornice releases noted.

For the forecast, the upper level trough will move East this morning with the next slow warm front on its heels. We can expect periods of light snow fall  today with the FL hovering in the 1000 meter range. Marine layer may cause some visibility issues in the lower elevations. The moist westerly flow will continue for the next few days with fluctuations in the FL. Range is not terrible with lows of 1500 meters and highs of 1800 meters. Sunday and Monday will see a weak warm front move through with light precipitation. A wetter frontal wave arrives for Monday evening with heavy snow forecasted above 1500 meters. Tuesday at his time shows a weaker front with light precipitation during the day and moderate snowfall in the evening. There is little agreement amongst the models beyond Tuesday so stand by!! Guesstimates: 8-10 cm by Sunday morning, 4-6 cm by Monday morning, 20-30 cm by Tuesday morning.

    Overcast for today with light snowfall.

    Very slow moving front Sunday.

    Moist West flow for Monday and Tuesday.

    Still early but cooler moist flow from the Northwest Wednesday and Thursday.


Managing your Human Factors: Joe Stock

How do you rescue someone buried in an avalanche: ScienceABC

A much delayed DRDO Tech could have saved Soldiers: India

Avalanche Airbag Waist Belt Mods: WildSnow.com

Time lapse camera mounted at Bridger Bowl, Montana: Captures skiers near an avalanche

Using cold coffee in your full profile: Coffeepooling

    09:45 yesterday morning, power flurry was in progress when this image was captured..

    Mellow looking for tomorrow. Light snowfall.

    Next series of frontal bands in the moist westerly flow on there way.

    The model was correct on the frontal passage but the winds were off.

    Cool cornice formation Teetering Left.

    Some light was getting through yesterday morning.

    Power Flurry with the frontal passage.

    Pig alley received 5 cm yesterday morning, 13 cm in 24 Hours. Another 8 last night.

    Still some decent turns in the moist pow.

    Snowing at 1500 meters yesterday afternoon.

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