13 Jun 2016

June 13, 2016

    An avalanche in Austria has killed a mountaineer, story in article section--Net Pic.

    Unsettled on Monday, June 6, 2016-- mostly sunny with a high of + 29.5 in the valley.

    Monday June 6, 2016--New valley trail underpass at Mon's Crossing.

    Tuesday June 7, 2016--unsettled with a high of +26.5 in the valley.

    Wednesday June 8, 2016, high of +15.6 in the valley, showery--3.8 mm of rain recorded at 660 m.

    Overcast with showers all day on Wednesday.

    Thursday June 9, 2016--overcast with some breaks, high of +16 in the valley.

   Thursday looked ominous but it did not rain.

    Friday June 10, 2016--Cold and Showery--3.2 mm recorded at 660 meters.

    Rain off and on Friday, -1 at 1835 meters early Friday morning.

    7.1 mm of rain recorded at 660 meters on Friday.

    Snowing, -1 at 1835 meters--Saturday--June 11, 2016 at 07:00 Hours. June-uary!!

    Image from Saturday morning. Another cold low from the Gulf of Alaska.

    Saturday morning snowing as low as 1550 meters. +1 at the bottom of Catskinner chair.

    Sunday morning June 12, 2016--overcast but dry, slight improvement with breaks in the PM.

    Sunday evening, clouds rolled back in for overcast conditions. High of +14.5 recorded in valley.

Weather Observations for June 13, 2016: taken at 07:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -1, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE  --Horstman Hut
1860 meters     +2, Winds were 10-20  KPH SE --Rendevous
1550 meters     +3, RH 96%-- Catskinner
  660 meters     +9, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +14.5. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

0.6 mm of precipitation recorded at 1550 meters early this am.

    As of 08:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies with rain clouds moving up the valley.

For the forecast, June-uary weather will continue into early this week with cool showery/rainy conditions expected into Wednesday. A weak cold front will move through today before the deep upper level low out off the Gulf of Alaska pushes through the South Coast. Expect a light westerly flow today with the FL hovering in the 2000 meter range mid day, by tonight it could drop to as low as 1300 meters. Tuesday is looking fairly wet with the FL rising to 1800 meters by mid day, dropping again Tuesday evening. The models are agreeing on a split flow for sometime Wednesday bringing unsettled weather into the weekend. Still looking at cloudy conditions in the mountains with some sunny breaks in the mix. Periods of precipitation can be expected as well but timing is variable.
The demise of the El Nino has changed the global circulations, low pressure systems tend to move through our zone in June when La Nina builds. We likely will not see a summer like the past two, will be interesting to watch what happens with the newest cycle in the ever changing weather patterns.

    A weak cold front moves onshore today.

    Another low moving in from the Gulf of Alaska, cool, showery- with snow in the upper elevations.

    Tuesday will likely be the coldest day of the week.

    Low continues to bring cool wet weather into Wednesday.

    Upper low will likely split later on Wednesday bringing unsettled weather into next weekend

    Flow up until Thursday.


Mountaineer killed in an avalanche in Austria : June 4, 2016-Near Salzburg

Backcountry Skier missing since November found on Hatcher Pass: Alaska

Massive debris flow visible on Mount Baker: Washington State

75% chance of La Nina for the 2016-2017 Winter: SnowBrains

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry travellers: Utah

Wildsnow Technical Report-Binding Mount Screw Lengths: Backcountry Skiing Blog

Avalanches are an Inherent Risk of Skiing, Court Rules: Colorado

Keeping safe on early season hikes: Seattle Times

    Satellite image from 07:30 Hours Monday morning.

    June 11, 2015 Not much snow compared to this year.

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