4 Feb 2013

One of those dull blah days yesterday!

At 2284 meters the temperature was -6, winds were 30-50 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was -2, 2 cm of new snow was recorded there. In the valley it is +2. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs. Winds at the upper elevations were consistent all night. This air mas is warm, should see cooler temperatures as the week progresses.

For the forecast, this warm front will dominate today as this flat dirty upper ridge remains off shore. Moderate precipitation should start later today into Tuesday as a deep upper trough comes onshore. Several waves of good precip amounts can be expected until Thursday morning.  A drier northerly flow will occur Thursday leading into some ridging for Friday into the weekend. Still sitting on the fence as far as amounts go, trying to take the more positive side of the outcome. We could see 40-60 cm fall between tonight and Thursday morning. By Tuesday afternoon 10-15.

Updated local Avalanche Advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Snow Avalanche kills two in Uttarckhand: India

Avalanche Safety and Rescue in lift Accessed Backcountry: From Ridge Explorations

40Th Anniversary of CAIC: Aspen Daily News

Update on avalanche in Cairngorms: Scotland

Man buried in avalanche found using a beacon: Utah

The Finger of God: MEC Blog

Avalanche prompts crew's to search for hours: Colorado

Rime on top of Whistler Mountain.

One explanation on how rime is formed: Avalanche Glossary

Definition of hard rime: Wikipedia

The winner of the Avalanche Photo contest for January is Toby Salin, shot of an avalanche from I believe on January 11, 2013, which ran to Circle Lake.

Toby has an Arc'teryx Toque and Goggle Bag coming to him.

Finally, there is some moisture heading our way. Lets hope this dirty ridge co-operates and we get what we deserve.

The jet stream looks favourable as well.