20 Oct 2014

October 20, 2014

    Avalanches hampering rescue efforts in Nepal, 40 confirmed dead, story below.       Internet Image

    Very cloudy and wet on Friday. 16.4 mm recorded at 660 meters for Friday in 24 hours.

    Even with the warm temperatures on Saturday the snow remains.

    Snow in the Chilcotin Mountains.                                                                      Rhiannon Flann Pic

    Sunrise October 19, 2014. Officially at 07:40 Hours. Temperature at 2240 meters was +2.

    Fall colours are out, still warm for this time of the year. No heavy frost yet, very unusual fall.

Weather observations for October 20, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters       +1, Winds were 35-45 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters       +3, Winds were 20-35 KPH from the S
1550 meters       +6, Relative Humidity 95 %
  660 meters     +11, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest was +14.5, 7.0 mm of rain recorded yesterday, that was the amount that fell just before midnight.

    Overcast with limited visibility as of 07:30, warm temps at 2240 meters yesterday.

For the forecast, the slow moving front that arrived late last night will slowly abate and bring showers to the area later this morning into this afternoon. Possible for another rain event this evening. A brief lull in the rain for tomorrow before the next frontal wave brings more precipitation to our zone. The Southwest flow will continue to bring moist conditions with cooler temperatures into Thursday. We may get a break on Friday but will have more on that Friday morning. Freezing levels are already slowly declining and by tomorrow we should see the snow line begin coming back down the slopes. By Thursday we should see the freezing level around 1500 meters. It has been unseasonably warm, records in many parts of BC were broken yesterday for maximum day time temperatures.

    Satellite image from Sunday afternoon.

    Became very cloudy in the afternoon on Sunday.

   Tomorrow is also looking wet.

    Not looking very good for Friday either.

Jet stream influencing the area, but certainly behaving like an El Nino year with the dip into California. Hopefully this winter will quell some of the draught issues. Lets hope it still brings moisture our way with the right mix of cold air from the North.

Update on the disaster in Nepal: Search being terminated

A Goal of Zero: The Avalanche Industry looks to Change: Backcountry Magazine

Nepal blames 'Cheap Tourists' for falling victim to Snowstorm in the Himalayas: Guardian
I guess there are many perspectives.

Recriminations follow deaths of hikers in Nepal: New York Times

Avalanches Explained - How people trigger disasters: National Geographic

Law Firm begins soliciting GoPro customers: Hagens Berman
What about radios, cameras,  GPS devices and cell phones; why not go after every electronics company!!!

The effects of consumer electronics on Avalanche Transceivers: Meister & Dammert

The Best Avalanche Airbag Pack Review: Outdoor Gear Lab

    West Coast art at the Train Wreck, Saturday.

    Unsettled conditions on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

    Unsettled conditions Sunday morning at sun rise.  1.3 mm of rain recorded at 660 meters on Sat.

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