2 May 2014

May 2, 2014


    The path to the bottom of Wizard is shrinking quickly!

    Soft Cord.

    Crazy light first lift up in the morning.

    Wet slab avalanche out of North face of Hour Peak, April 30, 2014.

                        It was warm yesterday, Max temp at 2240 meters was + 13 at 16:30 hours.

    Na size 2 out of Fissile on May 30 Th evening.

                                Fresh from April 30, 2014 started on mid DOA into ID High.



Weather observations for May 2, 2014; taken at 07:00 hrs.

2240 meters      +4, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters      +7, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the SSE
1550 meters      +8, No new snow, Base 181 cm
  660 meters      +4, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest +27.3




For the forecast, the upper level ridge will depart later today allowing a very weak cold front to bring increasing stratus cloud later today. Light rain is likely later this evening. The significant upper level low developing offshore will push in for Saturday bringing light precipitation to the area into Sunday. This low should move eastward early Monday morning bringing cool unsettled and showery weather for early next week. Freezing levels will drop from 3000 meters to around 1700 meters for Saturday. Sunday is looking like the wettest day with 6-8 mm of precip at 1550 meters. Light snow accumulation at the higher elevations.



    As of 08:00 hrs we have clear skies with unlimited visibility.

ALTHOUGH FREEZING LEVELS SHOULD LOWER FURTHER OVER 
THE WEEKEND...EXPECT A FAIR AMOUNT OF FREE WATER IN THE SNOWPACK TO 
KEEP THE SNOWPACK IN A RELATIVELY WEAKENED STATE. 

Heard there was some large avalanches on Mt Currie yesterday entertaining the golfers.

    Very thin cirrus clouds yesterday, cirrus spissatus and cirrus castellanus present in our zone.


    The low pressure is developing and heading our way for Saturday.

    The low will move over our zone on Sunday-Monday.


Video Fridays:

World Cup Downhill claims spectator riding pro's bike: You Tube

80 Foot cliff drop: Mt. Baker

Grass Snowboarding: Germany

Riding on top of a climbing wall: Rick Koehoeh

Yosemite HD II: Colin Delehanty & Sheldon Neill

Highest Waterfall drop in a canoe: Jim Coffey

Quadruple backflip: Pierre Guyot


Articles:

Similar conditions to our area: Valdez Avalanche Center

Has the snowsports industry turned the corner: PowPowPow

Serious Avalanche above Val Thorens: Pisthors.com

Rain induced water peculation in snow as detected using heat flux transducers: AGU

Avalanche risk forces pause in Chinook Pass work: Yakima, Washington

WA Cascades near and west of the crest-North of Stevens pass: High Avalanche warning for today.


    Please obey the signs, isothermal snow packs are very tricky. Closed 7Th Heaven at 13:00 Hrs Yest.

    High cirrus cloud around for most of the day.

    Some awesome clouds around on May 1, 2014. Cirrus Spissatus

    Fresh wet loose debris above the blow hole yesterday morning.

    Wet slab/loose avalanche in Sapphires taken May 1, 2014 by Gavin Reed.

    Cool clouds in the morning yesterday. Cirrus Castellanus.

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