12 Apr 2012

Near Refuse Pinnacle on the Spearhead Traverse, wind effect from Sunday. Dave Sarkany Photo

As of 06:00 at 2280 meters the temperature was -4, winds were 5-15 KPH from the S.
At 1550 meters the temperature was -1.5, and the relative humidity was 100 %, with the barometer on a consistent slow rise. In the valley it was +4. At the Catskinner weather plot 3 cm of new snow was recorded over night.

In the past few days loose snow avalanches have been reported , some releasing up to size 3 slabs.

For the latest Avalanche Advisory click here: Avalanche Advisory

Footage from TGR of avalanches from the 2012 season: Amazing more people are not buried

Its a bit long but a good perspective on being buried for a while: Air pocket is important

So far April has brought below normal precipitation and warmer than average temperatures.  La Nina is going away and we may have a nice summer compared to last year.

According to some meteorologists the US  is falling behind in their forecasting abilities due to a lack of computer power. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) and the Canadian Meteorological Centre (CMC) both have better computers. Some of our local weather forecasts are compiled in the US.

Here is the link to the ECMWF: European Models

Here is the link to the CMC: Canadian Models

Where we were to what we have now, 6 days and its not the same!!

    April 4, 2012

    April 10, 2012