12 Mar 2016

March 12, 2016

   An avalanche in the Italian Alps has killed 6 people, story in article section.                   Net Pic

    Sunrise was at 06:33 Friday March 11, 2016. Remember to set your watches forward!!

    Snow line was around 1000 meters Friday March 10, 2016.

    Some mid mountain cloud yesterday morning.

    High overcast with some cool light on Flute yesterday morning.

    The winds had stripped snow off some slopes and deposited it on others.

    Wind deposit snow on Horstman Glacier.

    Strong Katabatic winds on the skin up to the East Col of Blackcomb Glacier.

    The approaching front from the South.

    Tree skiing was great, skinning out of the trees was a bit of a grunt.

    The front had arrived just after noon with light snow.

    Snowing at 1860 meters at 15:00 Hours.

Weather Observations for March 12, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 35-85 KPH SSE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 50-70 KPH SSE  --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 25-50 KPH SSE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were 25-60 KPH SE     --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -2, 24 cm of new snow, 24 cm in 24 hrs, 364 cm Base, RH 98%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -2, 25 cm of new snow, 26 cm in 24 hrs, 290 cm Base, RH 99%    --Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.2. 1.1 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility, and it is snowing.

Avalanche control yesterday produced minimal results with Sz 2-3 Nc, Na, Xe observed. Some of the avalanches occurred during the storm.

For the forecast, a strong front will move through the area this morning with light/ moderate precipitation and moderate winds in a SouthWest flow aloft. The FL should begin the day around the 1000 meter range and slowly descend to surface by this evening. Another front tomorrow associated with a deep surface low will continue to bring precipitation and strong winds to the area with the FL going as low as 700 meters and as high as 1000 meters. A cool Westerly flow will maintain light precipitation for Monday and Tuesday in a Westerly flow. The FL will remain in the 1000-800 meter range. An upper level ridge is forecasted to develop on Wednesday, strengthening for Thursday and Friday. Guesstimates: 15-20 cm for Sunday morning, 8-12 cm for Monday morning, 5-10 cm for Tuesday morning.

    SouthWest flow for today with moderate precipitation and strong winds.

    Flow for today.

    Frontal band for today.

    Closer look the flow.

    Deep low for Sunday which will move SE.

    Flow for Sunday Sunday.

   Westerly flow for Monday into Tuesday.


An avalanche in the Italian Alps has killed 6 people: Milan

Jasper skier swims out of Size three avalanche: FitzHugh

Avalanche Awareness: Snowmobile.com

Cornice break triggered deadly avalanche: Wallowa Mountains

Backcountry skier Rescued from Avalanche in Moab; Utah

    08:00 Hours Friday morning. Looking like some more snow on the way.

    14:15 Hours yesterday afternoon, snowing lightly.

    SW Flow still should bring some precipitation tonight.

    More cloud way out in the Pacific.

    Cool light in the morning.

    Best visibility was in the trees.

    Rain runnels below 1000 meters.

    Many wind features in the backcountry.

    Green house affect on the upper 1 cm of the new snow yesterday afternoon.

    Avalanche debris on the Rescue Road yesterday morning, Na.                      Willie McElligott Pic

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