3 Apr 2014

April 3, 2014

    First light Wednesday morning, very high cirrus clouds.

    Sunny breaks in the morning, ski conditions were excellent.

    Pulling the tail on the Picachou.

    Lenticular's started to form in the morning.

    Cumulus Nimbus clouds by days end. April 2, 2014.

Weather observations for April 3, 2014; taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters      -8, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -7, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -6, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the E
1650 meters      -3, No new snow, Base 274 cm
1550 meters      -3, No new snow, Base 217 cm
  660 meters       0, Valley Temperature, Max temp +11 yesterday

For the forecast, a weak low pressure system is upon us, an associated cold front will move through later today. A series of short wave troughs in a Southwesterly flow will prevail into Sunday with unsettled conditions. With the position of the low to the North and the high to the South it looks like just light precipitation for the next few days, moderate precip for a short duration this evening. Warm southern air will flow into our zone for Sunday as an upper ridge tries to build for Monday or Tuesday. There is some disagreement in the models beyond Sunday. Guesstimates: 10-12 cm for Friday morning, 5-8 cm for Saturday morning, 2-4 cm by Sunday morning.

As of 07:00 hrs we have overcast skies with unlimited visibility and snowing less than 1 cm per hour. .

Avalanche activity in the corridor yesterday, some older cornice releases observed up to size 3, sloughing at the North end of the corridor, not much activity around our zone.

    Cirrus cloud in the corridor yesterday morning.

     Large low to the north and significant high to the south. Expect warm temperatures Monday.

How important is snow density for survival underneath an Avalanche: SLF Services

Tracking Explosive force for avalanche control: SLF Services

Record Avalanche on East Coast: New Hampshire's Mount Washington

The Heart of the Slog: Mountainsskin.blogspot

SAR teams warning hikers that winter conditions continue: Lower Mainland

Dirty snow threatens more rapid runoff: Colorado

Weather Outlook for April 4-April 11, 2014: CAC Forecasters Blog

                 Shot from Corey Boux, taken on April 1, 2014. Avalanche on Benvolio Glacier.

    The other day I was notching if you ski on surface hoar it almost looks the same when flattened!

                                       Eagle flying at 1030 meters over Fitz Road yesterday.

    It was an awesome day on the hill yesterday.

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