15 Nov 2014

November 15, 2014

    Ice forming on all the shallow ponds.

    Cold valley temperatures are pulling the moisture out of the ground.

    Snow making is still pumping out the man made.

    Phalnax Ridge, November 14, 2014.

    Another awesome sunset looking towards the Spearhead Range. Friday evening 16:30.

Weather observations for November 15, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -9, Winds were 25-45 KPH from the E
1860 meters      -10, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the WNW
1550 meters        -8,  Relative Humidity 53 %
  660 meters      -10, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest was +3

    Clear skies and unlimited visibility this morning. 

For the Forecast, the Omega Block remains over our zone with clear cold weather, for today. Northeast flow aloft with Easterly low level flow will continue through the weekend. The blocking pattern will weaken and become a conventional high amplitude ridge which will be pushed East by Tuesday. We can expect a couple of warm weak lows to move through the area Tuesday and Thursday. Freezing levels are forecast to be high as the ridge weakens (up to 3000 meters) then gradually drop to 2300 meters as the lows move through but there is only light precipitation forecasted for these fronts. By Friday cooler air will bring the freezing levels back to 1800 meters. Hopefully by next weekend they will drop further and the pattern will become more seasonable.

    High pressure surrounded by moisture.

    Pacific will bring some moisture to the coast next week.

    Cold and dry right up into the Yukon.

    A shift on Monday as the high begins to be pushed East.

    Several weak lows will move through the area mid weak.

    GFS model for Friday of next week.


American Women's  Avalanche Clinics: SAFE AS

Avalanche risk forecasts for Torridon to continue: Scotland

Seven places to score snow in an El Nino winter: Mountain weekly news

Ace of Base(Layers)-Arc'teryx Phase SV Zip Neck: Backcountry Magazine

Another trip report from Dan Cudlip:
Hi Wayne, 
Dan again!  I went out to the Black Tusk today, approached via the microwave towers road.  Snow depth on the road was only about 10cm until one switch back before the towers.  It was extremely cold and windy up there, and snow conditions on all aspects were pretty horrific.  Close to unskiable in many spots due to wind scouring and riming. We found one cool line to ski, but I wouldn't recommend to anyone to head out again until it snows some more!

                                                                                                                                     Dan Cudlip Photo
                                                                                                                 Dan Cudlip Photo
                                                                                                                                     Dan Cudlip Photo
                                                                                                                                     Dan Cudlip Photo

    Will be nice when that grass is white.

    Lift evac practice November 14, 2014.

    An American Widgeon  or sometimes refereed to as Gadwall.

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