31 Oct 2014

October 31, 2014

    Happy Halloween, this evening is looking dry, still a very slight chance of some isolated showers.

    Unsettled on Wednesday afternoon with many cloud layers.

    Thursday morning, October 29Th, a few showers until the rain arrived around noon.

    Snow pack certainly wet after Thursday's rain, its still early, makes for a good base.

    Roof avalanche off the Horstman Hut was imminent yesterday afternoon.

Weather observations for October 31, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the S
1860 meters        -1, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the WSW
1550 meters       +1, Relative Humidity was 98 %
  660 meters       +6, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest was +6.9, 24 mm recorded there.
                                 We have had 55 mm of rain recorded at Nesters Weather Stn since Sunday

For the forecast, the wet Pacific storm passed through early this morning with a cold front moving through in its wake. We can expect lowering freezing levels with the chance of some light rain showers into this afternoon.  A very weak high pressure will develop this afternoon into Saturday  with cooler temperatures and unsettled conditions. At this time Sunday is looking like a cloudy day but dry.  Looking at the short term models makes be optimistic at the present forecast for Saturday into Sunday.  Hopefully better information will be available Saturday. As of now it looks like a series of moist warmish fronts will affect our zone next week, with precipitation and slightly cooler temperatures. Freezing levels will vary from a low hovering around 1300 meters Sunday evening and as high as 2000 meters on Monday. The FL will bounce around as these series of frontal bands move through our zone next week. By Tuesday night we could be back to the 1400 meter level.

It has been a very mild October, Normal Temperatures for today would have a Minimum of -1 and a high of +6. We still have not had a frost in the Whistler area.

    Rain clouds moved in around 12:00 yesterday morning.

    Big picture certainly has a lot of moisture heading our way, Thursday morning image.

    Cooler temperatures for Saturday.

Cold front passed through around midnight, temps at 2240 meters went from 0 to -3 in about 2.5 hours, between 22:00 Hours and 12:30 Hours. Unstable air mass in its wake will likely go North, we should be in for fairly dry day.

    GFS model for Saturday, looking dry for most of the day.

Video Friday's:

Ski Cutting in Uinta Mountains Utah, 2/21/14: Cool Footage

Looks like great skiing in Japan last year: Japan by Van

New way to Base Jump: Angry Bird Style


Danger in the Backcountry-Risk vs Stupidity: D'Arcy McLeish

Online Avalanche Course: Avalanche Canada

Water in snow likes to go with the flow: Boise State University

    Some breaks late Wednesday afternoon, unsettled into early Thursday morning.

    Still white in the alpine but its fairly wet snow!! Freezing level was at 2200 meters at 12:00 Thurs.

                              Jet Stream is not helping to bring cooler temperatures.

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