13 Feb 2013

First thing yesterday morning it was evident that it would start out as an unsettled day. Turned out pretty grey with a variety of cloud layers. It even snowed for a short while.

There were certainly layers of stratus cloud earlier in the day.  As the day went on the clouds morphed into many varieties.

At 2284 meters the temperature was -8, winds were 10-20 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was -3.5, 1 cm of new snow was recorded. In the valley it was +2. Observations taken at 06:00.

The passing of the front occurred around 15:00 hours, winds went up to 110 KPH for a few hours.

For the forecast the dirty ridge continues to plaque us with unsettled conditions. Expect mostly grey skies with some flurries. Possible light snow for Saturday, but only a few centimetres. Looks like there may be another week front arriving for Monday, but that's a long ways away. We may see the sun briefly Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday. Very unsettled weather!!!

For the local updated avalanche forecast: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

News article on Avalanche Awareness in the Alta Area: Utah's Backcountry

Weather Prediction way off: Snowed Under

Popularity of backcountry skiing worries some in industry: CBC News

New T-Bar developed: Planetski

Ski-Doo recalling more than 10,000 snowmobiles: 800 R E-TEC & 600 HO E-TEC

Even with the lack of snow the skiing is still great.

Thanks to Yvonne Thornton for this image of some Rimed Fog Crystals :

The fog bank yesterday 13/02/11 caused some special hoar to grow. There was a band of this needle like growth at about 1350 m on Whistler Mtn's West side.  Very beautiful. 

By days end yesterday there were some significant breaks and many different clouds on display!

Picture from yesterday afternoon, looks like we should be getting snow, but not the case!!