13 Apr 2014

April 13, 2014

     A shot of Fairy Meadows looking toward the Gothics Glacier where a female skier died Friday in an avalanche. (Dwight Yachuk)
    Story of avalanche in article below.
    Cornice collapse with a patroller on Exlax yesterday, partially buried, no injury. Nicole Koshure Pic

                      Exlax cornice failure.                                                       Nicole Koshure Pic

    Natural size 3 cornice release on Forger Peak, April 12, 2014.

    Sunset April 12, 2014.

Weather observations for April 13, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH form the SSE
2180 meters      -2, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the NNE
1860 meters      -3, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the NE
1835 meters      -3, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1650 meters      -3, No new snow, Base 241 cm
1550 meters      -2, No new snow, Base 193 cm
  660 meters      -3, Valley Temperature, Max Temp test was +14.5

For the forecast, we are experiencing a strong upper level ridge with an offshore flow, which will keep our zone sunny and dry today into Monday. Expect some cloud development Monday afternoon.  A series of very weak weather systems are expected to move in Tuesday and Thursday, with cool unsettled conditions Tuesday and wetter weather for Thursday. There is a chance of unsettled weather for Wednesday with brief ridging aloft and at the surface. Guesstimates: Trace to 2 cm by Tuesday morning, 3-5 cm for Friday morning. Freezing levels will be as high as 2700 meters this evening, slowly dropping to 1200 meters by Tuesday morning. For Thursday the freezing level will be around 1300 meters.

         As of 07:00 hours we have some scattered cloud but mostly clear skies, with unlimited visibility.

With these temperatures and the recent activity in our zone be very cautious of cornice failure.

    Looks like more of the white stuff for Friday morning, Freezing levels around 1200 meters.

Avalanche claims 1 life near Golden, B.C.: Fairy Meadows

Skis lost in Coalpit headwall Zone: Tetonandwasatch.com

Avalanche on Berthoud Pass temporarily closes US 40: Warming Temperatures

Dramatic Avalanche season highlights need for expertise: Ski Safety Blog

Avalanche control at Steven's pass: Using M-60 Tanks

Snow Piled high as crews begin plowing Road to the Sun: Montana

    More cornice releases in the past 24 hours South of our zone.

    April 11, 2014.

                     Glacier Bowl with some cornice debris from a recent explosive release.

    Fun in the town centre.

   A few clouds around yesterday but an amazing day in the mountains.

    Many places in the valley are looking like spring is here.

                                                           New sign at Flute Gate.

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