30 Dec 2012

Yesterday eventually saw the moisture leave the area and allow the high pressure to establish itself as the dominant force for the next while.

There was some surface sloughing once the sun did come out.

At 2260 meters the temperature as of 06:00 hrs was -11, winds were 0-10 KPH from the ESE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -9, there was a trace of new snow recorded there. In the valley it was -7.

For the forecast the stationary ridge will give us mostly sunny skies but there are clouds around also. No new snow for the foreseeable forecast period. No quesstimating for at least a week!! Makes for a boring forecast. Some low level cloud this morning should burn off fairly quickly.

For the updated avalanche advisory:  Blackcomb Advisory

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real factor in Avalanche Accidents: Freeskier Article

Always interesting to see how other areas report the advisory: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Steamboat Patrol Avalanche Route: December 2012

Example of an avalanche advisory from Austria: Tyrol avalanche warning service

The first skiers up the Showcase T Bar, most heading into the near country.

Must have been a busy place out in the Spearhead Range!

If you like birding there are hooded mergansers around.

I have heard of snow snakes on the mountain, but not on street lights.

NOAA Precipitation Probability Outlook, Looking dry for our area!