10 Dec 2013

December 10, 2013

First light yesterday morning, Green Lake finally a sheet of ice, snowing lightly, -9. Dec 9, 2013.

Stratus cloud was prevalent in the morning.

Awesome views from the top of Whistler. Combination of Cirrus and Stratus Clouds.

By the end of the day cumulus clouds also developed as the next weak system moved into our zone.

Here are today's weather observations for Dec. 10, 2013 at 06:00 Hrs.

2180meters    -10,   Winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
1860 meters   -11,   Winds were 10-20 KPH from the N
1650 meters   -11,   No new snow Base 78 cm, 1 cm new yesterday
1550 meters   -11,   No new snow Base 57 cm, 3 cm new yesterday
  660 meters   -7,     Valley Temp, Sunset at 16:10

Today we will see a very weak upper level shortwave trough bring  some intermittent snow flurries as a Northwesterly flow continues in our zone. After looking at the satellite picture looks unsettled for today. As the week progresses it also becomes drier. Looked so much better a few days ago. Unfortunately we will see cloudy skies but not much precipitation for most of the week. Hopefully we will not see an abundance of Stratus cloud similar to last years El Nada. Difficult to forecast as the models are still in some disagreement. At least we can turn our electric socks off. Thursday may see 3-5 cm of snow, as a Pacific cold front moves onshore.  Friday looks unsettled before the next low pressure arrives Saturday. Still uncertainty about next weeks warm air mass and possible rain.

Custom camera captures weather clues, Beauty in Snowflakes: Utah

Knowledge is Power: Utah Avalanche Center

Its been balmy here compared to the coldest place on : Earth

Don't be an Avalanche Statistic: American Snowmobiler

Avalanche Avoidance and Wilderness Survival: Mountain Weekly News

Skier Rescued from Alta Avalanche by bystanders taking video: Utah

Great day for taking photos.

Layers of moist stratus were helping surface hoar development, can be spatial where this occurs.

Needles and plate stellars were accumulating in some areas.

Still lots of variable wind slab to be found.

Sunset from Maui, yesterday, Charlie's view of the world.                               Charlie Buchanan Photo.
Hope these are not the clouds heading our way next week.?

Moisture forecasted for Thursday, GFS Model! Guesstimate of 3-5 cm as of now!?!

Northerly flow for Tuesday.

Eventually there was a mountain sandwich by the end of the day! December 9, 2013

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