3 Mar 2016

March 3, 2016

   An avalanche in the Eastern Sayan Mountains, Russia has killed a tour guide, story below.  Net Pic  

    Mellow at the bottom of Wizard, heard it was busy in the town centre yesterday morning. 08:00

    Some nice breaks in the morning.

    Moist marine layer in the valley eventually began to lift.

    Marine layer moisture and the sun began to warm up the snow from 1900- 1400 meters.

    Snow balling in the morning at 1400 meters.

    Xe and Sc produced Sz 1-2 soft slabs yesterday morning during Avalanche Control.

    In the stratus layer, the map did little good.

    Raining at 660 meters at 18:00 Hours yesterday evening.

Weather Observations for March 3, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 20-35 KPH S        --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -4, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -3, Winds were 10-25 KPH SSE   --Rendevous
1835 meters     -3, Winds were 10-35 KPH SSE   --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -1, 9 cm of new snow, 9 cm in 24 hrs, 285 cm Base, RH 96%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -1, 9 cm of new snow, 9 cm in 24 hrs, 222 cm Base, RH 98%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and variable visibility.

Avalanche control yesterday produced numerous Sz 1-2 soft slabs, Xe Xl Sc--1 Sz 3 in West Bowl.

For the forecast, another lull this morning in the Synoptic Scale Pattern before another vigorous frontal band begins to move onshore tomorrow morning. We will see overcast skies for today with light precipitation in a SW flow aloft, with the FL hovering around 1200 meters.. Friday is a storm day with strong winds and moderate/ heavy precipitation with a FL hovering around 1300 meters in a Westerly flow. Saturday, a weak ridge will form with unsettled weather for the daylight hours before a weaker frontal band moves through with an impulse of precipitation late in the evening into Sunday morning. Sunday will bring overcast skies with light precipitation before another weak ridge builds Sunday night into Monday . Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Friday morning, 40-60 cm for Saturday morning, 10-15 cm for Sunday morning, 8-12 cm for Monday morning.  

   Overcast with light precipitation for today.

    Some precipitation in the early hours of the morning, trough of low pressure by this afternoon.

    Vigorous front for Friday morning, heavy precipitation and strong winds.

    We could see some breaks Saturday afternoon.

   Another front moves in Saturday night into Sunday.

    Flow from Tuesday into Friday.


An avalanche in Russia has claimed a tour group leader: Buryatia

The Ski Hangover: Backcountry Magazine

Series of Pacific Fronts bringing flooding rain to B.C.: The Weather Network

Tourist trampers ignored advice and paid the ultimate price: New Zealand

Simulating avalanches to enhance the safety of miners: Chile

    Early Wednesday Morning

    Around noon yesterday, more cloud as the day progressed.

    Still drawing warm moisture from Hawaii, yesterday around noon.

    Thick moist stratus layer yesterday morning.

    Snow in the morning was exceptionally good.

    Dust on cord was pretty nice as well.

    Fewer breaks in the afternoon, valley layer rose as the day progressed.

    Nice snow in the morning with decent light.

    Many folks out enjoying the new snow.

    Not as quiet as Tuesday.

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