21 Feb 2017

February 21, 2017


   An avalanche has killed 3 roadmen on the Dushanbe-Khujand Hwy: Story in article section. Net Pic

    Locally, a few Sz 1 soft slabs with ski cuts. Minor snowballing today for a brief period.

   Skied in the Rutherford yesterday This is on Cirque. The Sc is to skiers right. Third skier down            went too far to skiers left and cut out residual. Sc Sa Sz1


    First light Monday February 20, 2017.

    New snow overnight.

    Some nice snow early Monday morning.

    Dust on Cord.

    Monday Morning

    Brightened up as the morning progressed.

    More clouds in the afternoon.

    Just before sunset.

Weather Observations for February 21, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -12, Winds were 10-25 KPH WNW--Horstman Hut 
2180 meters    -10, Winds were 15-25 KPH NW   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -9, Winds were   5-15 KPH E       --Rendevous
1835 meters      -9, Winds were     0-5 KPH S       --Roundhouse
1650 meters      -9, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 260 cm Base, RH 93%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      -9, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 189 cm Base, RH 95%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters      -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.7, 2.9 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 Hrs we have scatterd cloud and unlimited visibility.


A broad upper level trough will continue to bring unsettled weather to the area in a light Southwesterly flow aloft. The FL should peak in the 800 meter range by the afternoon, cooling back to surface for Wednesday. The flow my change to Westerly sometime today. Unsettled weather for Wednesday and Thursday with the flow switching to Northwesterly sometime Thursday with a weak ridge building. The cloudiest day of the week will likely be Friday with more unsettled weather for Saturday. The FL will remain at or lower than surface from Wednesday into Saturday. Intermitent snow flurries are possible for the remainder of the week.
Guesstimates: trace-1 cm by Wednesday morning, trace by Thursday morning, trace-2 cm by Friday morning, trace-2 cm by Saturday morning.

   Precipitation to our South.

   Unsettled Thursday.

    Friday will be the cloudiest day.

    Unsettled Saturday.


February 20 at 12:36pm

Neve conditions are pretty good. The rubble creek trail head isn't plowed so you'll have to skin an extra 2km. I'd recommend going north to south because the north access looked like crap skiing (Saturday) but red heather is always a good luge track down. The snow between the sharks fin and Elfin made for pretty fun skiing - heaps better than expected. Snow looked stable but there was evidence of recent sloughing mostly on south facing slopes (but some north facing too). Garibaldi Lake was plenty frozen on Saturday. I'm sure with this sun it will be spring conditions pretty fast.

    Mid mountain cloud in the valley.

    Nice turns to be had Monday.

    Much darker skies at days end. Lower clouds lifted.


Three road men killed by an avalanche on the Dushanbe-Khujand Highway: Tajkistan

A force more deadly than Polar Bears: Avalanches

One killed, two injured as avalanche hit village in Chitral: Pakistan

Sierra braces for Heavy Snow and possible Avalanches: Sacramento

International advanced training course on snow & avalanches 2017: Russia

Meet the four-legged Furry friends who look for Avalanche Survivors: Indian Army

High Avalanche Danger in the Sierra's: Lake Tahoe Area

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