24 Sep 2018

September 24, 2018


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    A Sz 2.5 avalanche on Mt Athabasca Sept 19, 2018. Report in article section.        ACMG Image

    A Sherpa has died after an avalanche on Dhaulagiri, Nepal. Article below.    Merio Beret Image


    Big dump for New Zealand. High avalanche danger in the Backcountry!!                           Net Pic


    PAST WEEK:

    Tuesday morning September 18, 2018. Sunrise was at 06:52 Hrs. +1 Deg C at 1835 meters.

    Wednesday morning September 19 2018. + 3.5 as of 06:45.

    Thursday morning September 20, 2018. +1 at 07:00 Hrs.

    Friday morning September 21, 2018. +3 Deg C at 07:00 Hrs.. Warm front pushing through.

    Saturday morning September 22, 2018. As of 07:00 hrs +3.5 Deg C.

   Sunday morning September 23. 2018.  +2.8 Deg C at 07:00 Hrs.


Weather Observations for September 24, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +1, Winds were 20-25 KPH N     --Horstman Hut
1860 meters        +3, Winds were   5-10 KPH NNE--Rendevous
1650 meters        +1, 0.0 mm in 12 hours --Pig Alley
  660 meters        +6, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +12.2, 0.3 mm of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have clear skies with unlimited visibility and a valley cloud layer.



FORECAST:

High pressure for the next few days bringing warmer temperatures in a Northwest flow aloft. The Freezing level will spike to 4000 + meters on Wednesday. The upper level ridge will continue to build inland during the week but models are inconsistent in their solutions past Thursday. The ridge will begin drifting West at some point later in the week with an upper trough pushing in for the weekend. We may see some rain on Sunday.  Good chance we may see some cloud in the mix during the week as well. For the most part looks like a nice rain free week, enjoy!!



    GOES IR image from this am.


    High pressure is building, may see a few clouds around this am.


    Rex Block Pattern will bring nice weather into Thursday, possibly longer..

    Looking nice by this afternoon.


    Fronts along the coast.


    High maintains strength.

    We may see some cloud development. Warming up!

    High remains fairly stationary.

    More nice weather Wednesday.

    Thursday is looking nice.

    Another nice day on the South Coast.

    Looking nice on this model.

    High weakens and low pushes in.

    Low is winning for Sunday.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

     Avalanches, naturally came early to the Rockies.                                                         Rogers Pass

    Fresh snow on the Tantalus Range Monday September 17, 2018.

    High pressure pushes in Monday afternoon.

    A mix of sun and cloud on Tuesday. High of +17.3 in the valley.

    Wednesday started out as a mix of sun & cloud but cloudy later in the afternoon, stayed dry.

    Horstman Glacier Thursday morning.

    Snowline Friday morning.


    24.60 mm recorded at Pig Alley from Thursday at noon to 06:00 hrs Friday morning.
    40.10 mm recorded at Pig Alley from Friday at noon to 06:00 hrs on Saturday morning.
    13.20 mm recorded at Pig Alley from Saturday at noon to 06:00 hrs on Sunday morning.

    Pig Alley during a storm cycle winter 2018.

   Some snow in the upper elevations Saturday morning. + 0.5 Deg C at 2240 meters at 07:00 hrs.

    Fall equinox officially at 18:45 Hours Saturday September 22, 2018.

    Horstman Glacier Sunday morning.

    Unsettled Sunday, improving conditions as the high pushes in.

    Sunday afternoon at around 15:30 Hrs.




From South Coast Touring:

Early Turns on Brandywine Sept 19, 2018: Peter Nowicki




VIDEOS:

Elk charges tourist: Yellowstone

Avalanche on Dhaulagiri: Spring 2018

Mountain Collapsing: Val Ferret, Switzerland



ARTICLES:

Canadian avalanche involvement on Mount Athabasca: Mountain Conditions Report

Avalanche hits Sherpas on Dhaulagiri, one dead: Nepal

More info on the avalanche last spring involving the National Guard: Smugglers Notch

Managing avalanche terrain on Sleds: MAT

Avalanche warnings issued across South Island: NZ Snow Dump

Taft Colin's parents appealing sons Vail skier death case: Colorado

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