27 Mar 2013

Thanks to Jamie May for these:
Hey Wayne,

Here is a couple photos taken 6 hrs apart, noon and 6pm, looking up from Rohr Lake. Last sunny day!

That is a lot of solar activity!! With the warm temperatures coming this weekend it will be interesting to see what happens.

First light yesterday morning, some cloud a little blue!!

Looking South you could see the clouds moving towards us.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -3.5, winds were 0-10 KPH from the ENE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -3, no new snow fell there overnight. In the valley it was -2. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs this AM.

For the forecast we can expect a similar day as to yesterday with possibly more clouds and more flurries this afternoon. A weak low pressure will slide clouds into our area this afternoon giving us unsettled weather until Friday when the ridge rebuilds for the weekend into at least Monday, freezing levels could go as high as 2900 meters on Sunday. Westerly flow aloft has some moisture associated with it but very little should fall in our area. Enjoy the sun this morning. Full moon is tonight.

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Snow experts Look into Cause of  Natural Mount Hood Avalanche: Oregon State

Seven Avalanche Myths: The Mountaineers Book

Its time to stick to simple terrain: Sun Peaks Independent News

Kimberley Avalanche victim died in same area as Friend four years earlier: Global BC

Search continues for 3 Snowmobilers: Norway

Pieps Freeride avalanche beacon review: Wild Snow

Notes from Michael Gigliotti from this past Weekend East of the Duffey:

Hi Wayne,
A bit late but letting you know the general conditions east of the Duffey this past weekend were in line with the south coast forecast.  We camped at treeline Saturday afternoon (6,000 feet) and skied up to an unnamed summit Sunday afternoon (8,300).  At about 7,500 I observed a sliding layer at about 25 cms north aspect.  We observed various south facing point release typical spring avalanche debris from warming rocky terrain.  Cornices were overhanging on lee slopes but stable likely due to the very cold overnight temperature of minus 18.  We skied beautiful snow through complex terrain avoiding convexities etc. without issue.
A very nice trip.  Cheers,
Mike G.

Yesterday morning looking North-East!

Yesterday looking West -North!

Yesterday South-West!

Surface Hoar is getting bigger on North Aspects.

By the end of yesterday the weather was changing again.