15 Jan 2014

January 15, 2014

Size 2.5 natural avalanche on the Duffy. Triggered by group skinning near by. January 14, 2014

Hi Wayne thanks for the blog! Ski touring Joffre shoulder today we saw this natural, size 2 maybe. Big whumpf, looked over and saw it go.   The crown on the lookers left is probably 2m deep! North East aspect, about 2000m elevation, zero degrees C and windy. Did not dig a pit but it was about 10cm of punchy wind crust to bottomless storm snow in that area. We quickly retreated back to the trees after this one, big eye opener for us both! Observations and pictures from Jared Smith. Thanks for the great info.

 Weight of skiers likely triggered slide.

A few sucker holes yesterday morning but for the most part it was similar to Monday.

Very thick stratus layer in the valley yesterday.

Sucker Hole at the end of the day.

Last light. A few flurries above the Freezing level on Tuesday.

Weather observations for January 15, 2014, observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters     -4, No Data
2180 meters     -4, winds were 20-30 KPH from the W
1860 meters     -3, winds were 10-20 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters     -3, winds were 5-20 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters     -1, trace of new snow, Base 150 cm
1550 meters     -1, trace of new snow, Base 120 cm
  660 meters    +2, Valley Temp

The ridge will start to influence our area with unsettled weather for today, low stratus cloud may dissipate later on. The upper level ridge strengthens for Thursday into Friday with the chance of some cloud on Friday. A very weak upper level trough pushes the ridge east on Saturday into Sunday, bringing mostly unsettled weather with mostly cloudy skies, but dry. Very mild conditions with a significant warm air mass in our zone for at least the next 5 days. Freezing levels will rise to 3000 meters this evening, may top out at 3500 meters by Friday and continue to be in the 2000 meter range until next week. Luckily there is not much precipitation associated with this pattern, but there is a possibility of rain showers late Sunday into Monday morning.

Trough approaching for Saturday is getting weaker as it approaches the coast.

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The high was certainly trying to gain some ground out in the Pacific yesterday.

Warm moist air travelling North from South of the Hawaiian Islands.

A brief moment of sunlight late yesterday afternoon.

Looking North East at last light.

Full Moon tonight, It is referred to as the Mini Moon, smallest of the full moons for 2014, also called the: Full Wolf Moon

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