7 Feb 2014

February 7, 2014

    Little White dot in the centre of the picture is Venus.                              Nina Van Driel Photo

    Awesome morning February 6, 2014. Very cold, -39 at 08:00 Hrs with the wind chill. -22/70KPH

    The strong winds put some crazy patterns in the snow.

    It eventually warmed up and the winds abated to a tolerable level. Clouds formed in the pm.

    Thicker clouds by days end, Feb 6 Th.

Weather observations for February 7, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters     -21, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
2180 meters     -20, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the S
1860 meters     -19, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters     -19, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters     -19, No new snow, Base 126 cm
1550 meters     -17, No new snow, Base 92 cm
  660 meters     -16, Valley Temp

High pressure will continue with a cold and dry air mass into Saturday evening. A warm front is forecasted to move into our zone later Sunday into Monday. The pattern appears to be much wetter next week with a series of systems moving through on a daily basis. Temperatures will begin to slowly moderate by Sunday. Freezing levels will remain at surface until Monday afternoon when they will rise to around 1000 meters. Expect light snow for Monday.  Models are as always, quickly changing and precip amounts are backing off in most model runs. Will wait on quesstimates until we get closer to Monday. Still looking good for the week as the pattern becomes more seasonable. Still thinking 10-15 + by Tuesday morning.

   Another cloudless morning in our zone yesterday.

   Chance of some flurries on Sunday, certainly will get cloudy. 1-3 cm during the day Sunday.

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    Cirrus cloud and half a moon. Yesterday afternoon.

    Very small isolated stiff wind slab from the 75-100 KPH wind early yesterday morning. Sc

    Spindrift on the ridge and Blackcomb Peak. 75 KPH from the East.

    Skiing was surprisingly good in lee and cross loaded gullies yesterday.Avalanches

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