7 Dec 2016

December 7, 2016


    Not much to report. Some cornice control producing Sz 2 with explosives. Na Sz 1 was observed.

    Reverse loading with the North winds and faceting in the upper snowpack are issues to
    be wary of.


    First Light Tuesday Morning, December 6, 2016.

    Cold but awesome to see some sun.

    Great weather to make snow!!

    Some clouds in the afternoon.

    Sunset Tuesday.

    Image form Tuesday morning.

Weather Observations for December 7, 2016,: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters  -19, Winds were   5-10 KPH E      --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters  -18, Winds were 15-20 KPH NNE --Whistler Peak
1860 meters  -18, Winds were   5-10 KPH NE    --Rendevous
1835 meters  -18, Winds were  5-15  KPH E       --Roundhouse
1650 meters  -18, 0 cm of new snow, trace in 24 hrs, 155 cm Base, RH 82%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters  -18, 0 cm of new snow, trace in 24 hrs, 103 cm Base  RH 80%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters  -12, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -3.7. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest


High pressure in a Northerly flow for today with slightly colder temperatures. We should see a slight rise in the temperatures for Thursday as the low has a bit of influence on the strong arctic high pressure. The low off the coast will slowly affect our area by Thursday evening with overcast skies and light snowfall into Friday morning. The modified arctic front is rather stationary and is likely to deflect the low South. We should see light cold snow fall on Friday with unsettled conditions for Saturday. The air mass will remain relatively dry over the weekend with ideal snow making temperatures. Will try to post an update this afternoon if it looks like a change in this pattern is likely. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Friday morning, 5-10 cm by Saturday morning. Models are inconsistent so guesstimating is fairly difficult, those #'s could easily change.  Looks like the high pressure will be here for a while with the occasional episode of some cold light snow, possibly sunny and cold for early next week:(

    High pressure maintains strength for Wednesday into Thursday.

    Slow moving low moves in for Thursday night but barely nudging the high Eastward.

    Low off the coast could easily bring the brunt of the precipitation South.

The European model has the high winning this battle.


Nadine & Brodie--Avalanche Knowledge Video: Mountain Sledder

Always informative to look at other avalanche websites: Mount Shasta

Snow Data from Satellites improves temperature predictions: Science Daily

AST Course Level 1 & Level 2: Extremely Canadian

    Looking West.

    Lakeside Avalauncher

    Later in the day on Tuesday.

    A cold Solar Coaster.

    Nice colours at days end.

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