12 Feb 2014

February 12, 2014

   Avalanche debris from control work at Squaw Valley after 5+ feet of snow. Draught is over for now!

    A touch of pink first light yesterday morning.

    Rainbow Mountain at first light.

Mostly size1 Xe and Sc yesterday morning, a couple of size 1.5 avalanches. A few post control releases yesterday, size1. One person lost a ski in a size 1.5 Sa in Husume.

Weather observations for February 12, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters        -5, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters     -4.5, Winds were 50-65 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters     -4.5, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the S
1835 meters        -4, Winds were 35-50KPH from the SSW
1650 meters        -2, 35 cm of new snow, Base 174 cm
1550 meters        -2, 30 cm of new snow, Base 132 cm
  660 meters        -1, Valley Temp, 8.8 mm of precip yesterday

The juicy front which blessed us with a real dump has moved on, we will see unsettled weather today with the chance of a few sunny breaks as the clouds disperse. The next weaker front will arrive this evening into tomorrow. The pattern continues with another front arriving Thursday evening into Friday. The progressive strong pattern will continue into the weekend. Another strong front will move through Saturday into Saturday night, followed by another front on Sunday night into Monday. The stationary low in Alaska will continue to pump systems our way well into next week. Guesstimates 15-18 cm by Thursday morning, 18-20 cm by Friday morning, 12-16 cm by Saturday morning, 20-25 cm by Sunday morning and so on until mid next week.

        Low over Alaska is a welcome sight, fairly large with a good flow. Fridays predicted image.

    Taken at 13:30 Hrs, started snowing at 15:30 Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014.

    Frontal wave moving in for Saturday.

5 Tips-Avalanche Safety Group Psychology: Wild Snow

Heavy Snow and Avalanche Danger Temporarily close Chinook & Cayuse Passes: Washington State

Avalanche caught on camera: Colorado

Utah avalanche danger extreme after two deaths on the weekend: Equal oppurtunity killers

Inbound avalanche from last year on Whistler Mountain: 3 Lucky Danes

What we do not know about snow: NASA

Missing Colorado skier found dead after avalanche: Keystone, Colorado

Arapahoe Basin closed Tuesday due to avalanche control on highway: Colorado

2 Killed, 2 hurt by avalanche in Eastern Oregon: Wallowa Mountains

    Mid level cloud was prevalent in the morning. Completely cloudy by noon.

    Snowing at 15:30 yesterday afternoon.

    This is the frontal band expected by Tuesday.

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