22 Feb 2016

February 22, 2016

    13 Ski Tourer's involved in an avalanche in the Esplanade Range .--Story Below    Internet Image

    First light on Whistler Peak Sunday morning. Sunrise was at 07:12.

    A different perspective of the same time line.

    Nice light early Sunday morning, February 21, 2016.

    Blueish to the North.

    Front slowly approaching from the South.

    Black Tusk.

    Snow flurries in the valley around 14:00 Hours.

    Snowing 1 cm per hour at 17:30 Hours.

Weather Observations for February 22, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -10, Winds were 5-10 KPH SW    --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -8, Winds were 5-10 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -9, Winds were 5-10 KPH SE      --Rendevous
1835 meters     -7, Winds were 5-10 KPH S         --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -8, 2 cm of new snow, 4 cm in 24 hrs, 262 cm Base, RH 95%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -7, 2 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hrs, 201 cm Base, RH 91%    --Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.9. 0.9 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have scattered cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, the remnants of the short wave trough has moved out of the zone this am with a building upper ridge bringing mostly sunny skies. We can expect a warm dry period until Friday. Clouds will pass through the area at times but for the most part we will see the sun. The freezing level will be near the surface until Tuesday morning than slowly rise through the week maxing out at around 2300 meters by Thursday night. There is no snow expected until Friday night.

    Some cloud pushing through this morning before the ridge begins to build.

    High pressure builds but the enormous low to the North will spin some cloud our way.

   Warm temperatures associated with the ridge, FL near the peaks for Thursday.

    Warm temperatures for mid week into Thursday, thats one large low to the North.

    Next frontal band expected Friday night into Saturday.


13 ski tourer's involved in another avalanche near Golden: Calgary Sun

Backcountry enthusiasts forget impact on loved ones if there is an avalanche fatality: Calgary Sun

One dead in Swiss Alps Avalanche: Valais

$1.02-Million grant to understand how users manage avalanche hazard: SFU

Is avalanche safety different for Kids: OutsideOnLine

    Tantalus Range in the distance, Sunday am.

   Some cool looking lenticulars Sunday morning.

    Many lengths of hose later.

    Persistence has paid off- Snow making on Horstman Glacier!!

    Light snow at 660 meters yesterday afternoon.

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