27 May 2014

May 27, 2014

    Snowing in the alpine May 26, 2014 at 11:00 Hrs

    8 cm on the Rendezvous deck, snow stopped around noon.

    Lots of old skis and retro ski suits to be seen.

    Despite the cloudy conditions people showed up for a good time.

                            There was lots of retro gear.

    Some natural avalanche activity in Blackcomb Bowl, the alpine was closed yesterday.

    Became nicer as the day progressed, especially in the valley.

Weather observations for May 27, 2014; taken at 07:00 Hrs.

2240 meters       -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the NNE
1860 meters       -3, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the E
1550 meters      +2, No new snow, Base 105 cm
  660 meters      +6, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest +13, Precip Yest 9 mm.

On May 1 the base at Catskinner was 186 cm, pretty significant melt throughout the month of May. Looks like the end of June on most years. In the past week we lost 26 cm, the week before 31 cm.

For the forecast, we can expect a dry day with some cloud. There is a possibility of showers this evening as the upper level low off the coast moves Southeast then lifts Northeast bring precipitation to our area for Wednesday. Showers will likely continue into Thursday as a trough develops with a Westnorthwest flow. Friday is looking sunny as a weak flat ridge develops for Saturday into Sunday. Will likely see some convective cloud development on Saturday. Freezing levels will rise today to 2300 meters and hover near those values until Thursday when they begin to rise to 3000 meters by the weekend.

   As of 08:00 hours in the alpine we have broken clouds and unlimited visibility.

    This mornings satellite image looks like we will have a fairly nice day.

    The low will move down the coast then move North bringing wet weather for tomorrow.

    Satellite image from May 26, 2014, taken at 15;00 Hrs.

    Big picture from the same time frame.

Snowman: Feature length documentary film: Kickstarter

Avalanches decimate Crater Lake campground: Pitkin County, Colorado

Avalanche on Sunday requires evacuation on Red Mountain: Montana

Layers of dust in the snowpack: Red Mountain Pass, Col.

No clue to missing Indian Climber and 2 Sherpa's: Nepal

    Ski Season is effectively about 1 month a way in New Zealand but this is getting them stoked!!

    The fun police did not allow the t bog across the pond!

    Some people dove right in.

    There were many big splashes.

    Many folks made there way to the valley with all their gear on.

    Unsettled conditions just south of Whistler late yesterday afternoon.

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