24 Oct 2013

October 24, 2013

Sunrise October 24 Th, some scattered high cirrus cloud but looking like another sunny day!

Variable melt freeze crust in the alpine, high yesterday at 2180 meters was +17.

Exposed holes in the Horstman Glacier, melt water moves through these holes usually ending up in a moulin. Wikipedia definition of a: Moulin

As of 07:30 hours am October 23, 2013 the temperature at 2180 meters the temperature was +5. At 1860 meters the temperature was + 8, winds were 5-10 KPH from the E. At 1650 meters the temperature was +6.5. In the valley it was 0. High in the valley was +15.3 October 22, 2013.

For the forecast the upper level high will continue into Saturday. A cold front is approaching for Sunday, as a dry upper level trough passes through our area. This system should break up the subsidence inversion in the lower mainland. Dry cool conditions will be here for Monday and Tuesday followed by a Westerly flow bringing some periodic fronts by later next week. There appears to be a change on Halloween Night. The beginning of November is looking unsettled with cooler temperatures and some precipitation. Freezing levels could drop to 1500 meters by Saturday evening.

CAC says buy-in from Back Country users key to drop in avalanche deaths: 5 Fatalities in 2013

Avalanche video involving a sledder with no beacon, A Life Saved: Utah

Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop: November 9, 2013

The Cave Carver: Snow Cutting Tool

Its ironic that an an Air bag can be named Highmark, when highmarking contributes to so many  snowmobile related avalanche deaths. Marketing and some of the recent posts I have published certainly are pushing the success of airbags. I have also posted articles about the reality of airbags. There is certainly a place for them but Air Bag Bravery can also get you killed. Last year in Europe there were at least five cases where the air bag had been deployed and the user was still buried and died in the avalanche. Air bags are just another tool that may lessen your chance of a burial. There are no guaranties that come with your purchase. Highmark Avalanche Bag

Seattle has also had 2 weeks of fog and stratus cloud. Web Photo.

Fog in the Vancouver Harbour yesterday, but a nice sunny day in the centre of the city.

High pressure with us until Saturday.

Cool North West flow for late Saturday into Sunday.

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