4 Mar 2014

March 4, 2014

    Xe and Sc produced size 1-2 avalanches yesterday in the new snow on Blackcomb/Whistler.

    Skiing was very good as long as you could find your way around.

    Line ups in the morning were tolerable.

    Winds were strong in the alpine, snow was reloading as the day progressed.

Weather observations for March 4, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hrs this am.

2240 meters     -11, Winds were 45-75 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters     -10, Winds were 40-60 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters       -9, Winds were 25-45 KPH from the S
1835 meters       -8, Winds were 20-50 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters       -6, 1 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hours, Base 223 cm
1550 meters       -5, 2 cm of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hours, Base 176 cm
  660 meters        0, Valley Temp, 11.4 mm of precip yesterday

For the forecast we will see cloudy conditions with a warm front on its way for some precipitation later today into tomorrow. Freezing levels will rise from around 1000 meters today to 1500 meters by tomorrow. This system will be a West-Southwesterly flow. (Hawaiian origins) A cold front is forecasted for Thursday, followed by an upper ridge for Friday and should bring us an unsettled day with no precipitation. Saturday looks to be a moist day with warmer temperatures associated with a Southwest flow. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Wednesday morning, 6-8 cm by Thursday morning, dry for Friday and Saturday morning, 8-10 cm of wet snow by Sunday morning.

Na, Sc, Xe size 1-2 avalanches reported in the corridor for yesterday.

    Satellite image from yesterday at noon.

    Moisture from Hawaii is on its way.

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Police-Prosecuters review Fatal Montana Avalanche: Missoula, Montana

Week in Review: February 28Th: Powder Magazine

Major rescue operation in North Kashmir after snow avalanches: India

    Temperatures still look ok for Wednesday.

    Sun and snow from Monday afternoon.

    Winds were making some cool snow features.

Museum had no problem cutting trees down, Municipality still dragging its feet on the single engine helicopter issue for the clinic. If they would stop stalling the issue would be resolved and the parties needing to do Rescues and Medievacs could do it in the machine of choice.

    Most people had left by noon.

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