11 Nov 2019

November 11, 2019


    Monday November 4, 2019. 15:00 Hrs. +7.1 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH East breeze.

    Tuesday November 5, 2019. 15:00 Hrs. +4.3 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH East breeze.

    Wednesday November 6, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +1.7 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH NNW Breeze

    Thursday November 7, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +7.5 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH SE breeze.

    Friday November 8, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +7.5 Deg C with a 10-20 KPH ESE wind.

    Saturday November 9, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +1.8 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH East breeze.

    Sunday November 10, 2019. 13:30 Hrs. +1.1 Deg C with a light breeze out of the NNE.

Weather Observations for November 11, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters       0, Winds were 30-35 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     +2, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters      -2, 0.0 mm in 12 hrs, 0.0 mm in 24 hrs, Base 8 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +9.3, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have high cloud cover, unlimited visibility and an inversion.

   Remembrance day ceremony today at Olympic Plaza, starts at 10:30.


Upper level ridge will be shifting and weakening in a Westerly flow aloft. A weak cold front will push through this afternoon and into Tuesday with periods of light rain, diminishing by the evening. Freezing level still hovering in the 2000 m range. Weak ridging for Wednesday with mostly cloudy weather into Thursday. A more active front will likely arrive Thursday night with more precipitation into the Weekend in a Southerly to Southwesterly flow aloft.. Slightly cooler temperatures as well. Some discrepancies in the various model runs, time will tell. Long term is looking much better, with a good possibility of some West Coast frontal bands next week. Hopefully the high parks itself off California.

    GOES IR image this am.

    Warm high still deflecting the low.

    Fronts along the coast Monday am.

        Warm High sinking South, low gains a bit of ground.

    High pushes back up on Wednesday.

    Lots of cloud around Wednesday.

    Low pushes back, still on the warmish side.

    Dry in the morning, rain likely later in the day.

    Looks wet Friday.

    Low continues to dominate. High being pushed further South where it can stay!!!

    More precipitation for Sunday, High well to our South.


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    An avalanche on Solden's opening day has killed two, article below.         Snow Camps Europe Image

    Slab avalanche on Solden, Austria.                                                                                           Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed two porters in Kashmir, India. Article below.                                   Net File Pic

    Recent glide Avalanches in a warm Alaskan Snow Pack. Nov 3, 2019.                                       Net Pic


    Faceting under a 20-30 cm crust at 1800 meters on firn Locally, last week. Click> Facet Factory

    Adding to an avalanche deflector berm.

    Eagle was enjoying the nice weather on Monday. High at 1835 M was + 10.6 Deg C.

    Salmon are spawning, High in Squamish on Tuesday was +12.5 Deg C, Whistler was +6.0.

    Wednesday afternoon. High in the valley was + 9.0 Deg C, High at 1835 meters was +3.9 Deg C.

    Thursday afternoon, clouds began to move in. But no precipitation.

    Cloudier on Friday. At around noon it was +4 at 2240 M and +10 in the valley.

    Rain showers Saturday, 2.5 mm recorded at 660 meters with a High of +7.4 Deg C.

    Sunday morning, 2240 Meters, at 08:30 Hrs it was -3.2 Deg C with a 15-25 KPH NNE wind. :)

    FROM NORTHERN B.C., Johanson Lake Area

    Omenica Mountains   <Click for info                                                                       Bryce Anderson Pic

Doesn’t happen very often, but the Omineca's are getting more snow than most of BC (the Northern Rockies and Bear Pass might be the exceptions).  We’ve had 80cms of snow with the current storm up here and it’s still snowing (supposed to end overnight).  HS is 106, PF is 100.  Temps steady at -11C and not much wind.  Possibly the lightest snow I have ever seen. Nov 9

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Nice day up here at Johanson Lake today. Widespread Na cycle during the storm on SE through W aspects.  Soft wind and storm slabs running on density changes within the storm snow to size 2.5.  -25C this morning keeping the slabs touchy.  Storm total came in at 80cms. Nov 10

                                                                                                                                                             Bryce Anderson Pic

Our turn will come!!!


Good Pre season reminder: Know Before You Go

Check your PPE: Avalanche Guys

Caught-- Sa, lucky he did not blow his ACL: Newsflare

Avalanche Rescue Video: Avalanche Geeks

Solden Avalanche Tragedy: Snow Camps Europe

Avalanche awareness safety tips, North Shore: Global News

B.C. Backcountry locally produced: Nebula Trailer


Two perish on opening day of Solden in an avalanche: Austria

Two Indian Army Porters have been killed in an avalanche: Kashmir

Man survives avalanche near Trollfjord: Norway

Growing number of snowshoers targeted at avalanche awareness event: North Vancouver

Airbag or Beacon--Which would you choose: Wild Snow

Essential Gear for Mountain Sledders: Mountain Sledder

More people caught in fewer avalanches in Scotland Hills: BBC News

Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin struggles into another season, in style: VIAC

Warming climate shrinks snowpack: Wyoming

Marker presents the New Duke Pin Technology: Powder Canada

One of the longest November dry periods in Northwest history: Cliff Mass

4 Nov 2019

November 4, 2019


    Monday October 28, 2019. 14:00 Hrs. -1 Deg C with a 10-35 KPH NNW wind.

    Tuesday October 29, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. -4.1 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH West breeze.

    Wednesday October 30, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +3.2 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH NE breeze.

    Thursday October 31, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +1.9 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH NNW breeze.

    Friday November 1, 2019. 18:00 Hrs. +3.3 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH SSW Breeze. High was +7.6.

    Saturday November 2, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +6.8 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH NNW breeze.

    Sunday November 3, 2019. 12:00 Hrs. +6.2 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH North breeze.

   From the archives in the side bar.  November 4, 2018. Fresh snow.

Weather Observations for November 4, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters      +4, Winds were 20-25 KPH W--Whistler Peak
1835 meters      +3, Winds were   5-10 KPH SW--Round House
1650 meters      +2, 0.0 mm of rain, 0.0 mm in 24 hrs --Pig Alley
  660 meters       -2, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +9.7, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.


The upper level ridge will bring mostly sunny skies for today in a Northwest flow aloft. Will likely see some high cloud as the ridge slowly breaks down as the week progresses. Freezing levels will remain in the 3000 M + range for today with inverted temperatures. Cloudy but dry by Wednesday as the ridge slips South with some moisture entering our zone by Thursday. Difficult to estimate how much precip but if the ridge remains just South, we may see a few periods of light rain into the weekend and early next week. Some models are calling for more precip, which may happen if the low strengthens. Freezing levels will continue to remain high for this time of the year.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    High still the dominant force, large low to the Northwest.

    Fronts along the coast.

     High begins to drift South, cloud will spill in from the low.

    High remains but more cloud expected.

    High still hanging in there.

    Cloudy Thursday with some showers.

    Showwers for Friday.

    Cloudy and showers on Saturday.

    Cloudy and showers on Sunday.


    Skier triggered avalanches at Bridger Bowl. Article below.                                       GNFAC Pic

    Local wet slides. Here is a pic of a couple of slides on the ESE face of Keg in the Brew area observed 2019-11-02         morning. Probably occurred a while ago. Love the blog. Martin Ortmyr 


    Monday afternoon, -6.7 Deg C at 2240 meters @ 13:45 Hrs.

    There were clouds around on Tuesday, increasing later in the afternoon.

    An inversion Wednesday morning, -5 in the valley, +1 at 1860 meters--08:00 Hrs.

    Thursday afternoon.

    High in the alpine on Thursday was +3.3 Deg C at 2180 M, +4.5 Deg C at 1835 M.

    Sunset Friday evening, +3.4 Deg C at 18:15 Hrs. Sunset was at 17:50 Hrs.

    Saturday evening. Full moon is on November 12, 2019. Beaver Moon

    Indian River Sunday morning. High of +4 Deg C at 2240 M at noon.


Sensitive wind slabs: Montana

Impressive Tilicho Base Camp Avalanche, Nepal: Oct 25, 2019


Skier triggered avalanches at Bridger Bowl: Montana

ISSW 2020: Fernie, B.C.

How to go ski touring with Children: ISPO.com

Climbing skins-Easy tips to keep em' touring: Wild Snow

Panel warns against reckless pass skiing: Wyoming

Araphahoe Basin will start charging $30 for an uphill access pass: Al's Blog

Why "uphill skiing" is gaining ground among winter sports enthusiasts: Washington Post

Unravelling the history of avalanches in Juneau: Scientific America

Snowmobilers learn what causes avalanches and how to avoid them: Montana

Three ways to score free season passes at Colorado Ski Resorts: The Know Outdoors

Lidar Surveys guide avalanche predictions: Lidar News