30 Mar 2014

March 30, 2014

    Looking towards Whistler March 29, 2014: 07:30 hrs, -6.6, 20-25 KPH winds from the S.

    Snowing below 1000 meters at noon Saturday March 29, 2014.

   Clear breaks around noon Saturday, the crowds sucked!!

                  A few Scottish Skiers enjoying the day, some pow up the kilt. March 29, 2014.

                                 There were some moments of Blue yesterday afternoon.

Weather observations for Sunday March 30, 2014; taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters      -7, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters      -6, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the S
1835 meters      -5, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters      -3, 15 cm of new snow, 24 cm in 24 hours, Base 295 cm
1550 meters      -3, 17 cm of new snow, 24 cm in 24 hours, Base 243 cm
  660 meters       0, Valley Temperature, 14.1 mm of precip yesterday, Max temp +4.8 March 29.

For the forecast an upper level trough will slowly move east today replaced by a slowly building upper level ridge. Expect mostly cloudy skies for today with snow showers, as a weak to moderate Westerly flow of unstable air moves through our zone. Later today it will become unsettled as the ridge builds in our area. Unsettled conditions will prevail Monday thru Wednesday with a mix of sun and cloud with the occasional flurry. A westerly flow will return on Thursday with a wetter pattern into next weekend. Guesstimates: 2-4 cm for today.

Presently in the alpine we have overcast skies, variable visibility and it was snowing 1 cm per hour.

Avalanche activity yesterday had numerous soft slab avalanches from size 1-1.5 with the occasional size 2 from remote triggering, ski cuts, skier accidental, and explosive control. Some size 1 wet loose avalanches were reported in the Southern area off the corridor.

    Pop corn clouds, convective activity, 13:00 hrs, snowing up to 3 cm an hour for short durations.

Looking like the high should bring nice weather Monday and Tuesday. Another low on its way.

Mount Ben Stewart avalanche "a spooky phenomenon": Eaglecrest, Alaska

Wind Slab Problem, Swan Range; March 28, 2014: Flathead Avalanche Center

The Landslide State: Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Washington-British Columbia Mountains?

Jasper National Park Closures: Spring 2014; Winter 2014!!

The Future of Backcountry Observations: CAC Observers App

Washington State Mudslide death toll rises to 27, as rescue crews battle rain: 90 people Missing

Injured skier spends night on mountain waiting for helicopter evacuation: Kootney Pass

                               Almost 7 cm during the day at 1550 meters, Saturday, 14:30 hrs.

    Snowing about 3 cm an hour at 16:00 Hrs at 1860 meters.

    Weather plot at 660 meters Nesters Road, looking like spring in the valley!!

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