12 Jan 2014

January 12, 2014

Line up at the lifts yesterday morning were as long as I have ever seen them.

At this time (11:30) yesterday it was -6.5, winds were 40-70 KPH from the S.

On the Whistler Side at the a same time it was -6, 25-50 KPH from the ESE.

 At 1650 meters, 49 cm yesterday morning + 20 cm in the afternoon= 69 cm. 5 cm of settlement during the day, 7 cm overnight. Average temp between 06:00 hrs and 14:00 hrs -3. Bring it on!! Picture taken January 2, 2014

As of 16:30 hrs yesterday it was still snowing hard at 700 meters. A bit of recirculation of the low, with perfect conditions for heavy snow. Just what the Dr ordered.

Weather observations for January 12, 2014, taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters     -11, winds were 30-40 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters     -10, winds were 20-40 KPH from the SSE
1860 meters    -9.5, winds were 20-35 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters       -9, winds were 20-45 KPH from the S
1650 meters       -6, 5 cm of new snow, Base 169 cm, 25 cm in 24 hrs
1550 meters       -6, 5 cm of new snow, Base 131 cm, 23 cm in 24 hrs
  660 meters       -1,  Valley Temp, 39.5 mm of precip yesterday

The storm has passed with a great result, just what the mountains needed.  74 cm of recorded snow(48Hrs) at 1650 meters as of 06:00 hours this morning. Today will be mostly cloudy, as a warm front brushes our area to the North, with some light snow during the day, accumulations of 2-4 cm. Freezing levels will rise with the passing of the warm front, 1200-1500 meters. Cloudy for Monday with unsettled conditions and the chance of a flurry in the morning. The Northwesterly flow will once again bring dry conditions with a bit of cloud. Tuesday is looking dry with unsettled conditions, the high pressure aloft will strengthen and we will see progressively sunnier conditions into Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny with some cloud. Freezing levels may reach 3000 meters by Thursday.  It is forecasted for another front to move in from the coastal waters sometime late Friday, more on that in future posts. Should be a great day on the slopes today.

Looks like a small break before some light snow.

Satellite picture from 14:30 Hours yesterday afternoon. Still snowing to the valley at that time.

Looks like we will be drying out over the next couple of days.

23 rescued from avalanche prone area: Kashmir

Crew's respond to injured individual in Idaho after an avalanche: Green Canyon

Avalanches near Big Sky, January 11, 2014: Montana

Conditions Report: South Coast; Red Heather Meadows, Paul Ridge: ACMG Blog

Avalanche danger at high (locally) for today, we received a significant load in certain areas with the wind from yesterdays storm, do not charge out there until the dust settles and we get some more data to make rational decisions. I am certain there was lots of natural activity yesterday, avalanche control today will reveal much more information. Good read from the CAC: Forecasters Blog

With winds in the alpine of 70-110 KPH and 50 cm of fresh snow there will be line ups at this time of the morning. Avalanche control teams have to make the tree line area safe and with the weather yesterday morning it makes for treacherous travelling conditions in the alpine zones. Gusts of 150 KPH, snowing 2+ centimetres per hour with blowing snow make it virtually impossible to see where you are going in the alpine.  Sc and Xe were producing numerous size 1-2 avalanches at tree line yesterday morning. Natural avalanches had also been observed yesterday morning.

Even with +2 temps in the valley yesterday morning there was still lots of snow.

With the warm front passing and the cold front moving through it was snowing hard in the valley.

The storm will make for very good skiing today.

No comments:

Post a Comment