16 Dec 2013

December 16, 2013

Cornices have been growing with the stronger winds. Usually fragile in there infancy.

A great day for touring as long as you are savvy to the conditions!

Many rocks still exposed below Blackcomb Peak.

Fast moving clouds, 80 KPH at 2180 meters yesterday morning around 11:00 HRS.

Weather observations for this 16 Th day of December taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters    -7, No wind data
1860 meters    -6, winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters    -6, winds were 10-30 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters    -5, trace of new snow, Base 84 cm
1550 meters    -3, trace of new snow, Base is 59 cm
  660 meters    +1 Valley temp

Today will be unsettled as a moist westerly flow aloft brings mostly cloudy weather. A weakening front is expected for Tuesday. A cool upper level trough will arrive Tuesday evening into Wednesday bringing light precipitation. Thursday is looking unsettled as a weak upper ridge builds.  Uncertainty in the forecast beyond Wednesday is higher than normal. Guesstimates: Monday trace amounts possibly; Tuesday 2-4 cm by the morning; Tuesday night into Wednesday 3-5 cm. Dry Thursday.

Best chance for precipitation is late Monday evening into Tuesday. A big 2-4 cm can be expected.

 Russian Olympic officials certain of snow for February: Sochi

Heli-Hockey, last week's cold snap made for some great lake skating: Good looking ice

The problems with Avalanche Rescue: Ski Theory

From Whistler to the Rockies: ACMG Blog

It would be nice to have this problem: Valdez Avalanche Center

Natural snow melted on Lower Cruiser, tracks are still visible.

There were moments of great light yesterday afternoon.

Unsettled weather on its way!

From the satellite picture you can see the clearing we had last night.

Thanks to Lindsay Wilson for the great sunset shot Sunday evening.

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