3 Nov 2014

November 3, 2014

    There were a few breaks in the morning but a fairly wet day.
Just prior to the rain in Squamish Sunday morning.

    Still leaves on the trees, they just experienced the warmest October in Vancouver on record.

     Noticed a little early season activity in Husume on the rain crust from earlier this week.            Caleb Del Begio Image

Weather observations for November 3, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -2, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the S
1860 meters         0, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the SSE
1550 meters       +1, Relative Humidity was 99 %
  660 meters       +5, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yesterday +6, .3 mm of rain recorded Yest

For the Forecast, a vigorous warm front with Pineapple Express written all over it (origin is just North of Hawaii) will move into our zone this morning with moderate  precipitation expected this afternoon in a Westerly flow. A weak surface high should bring unsettled conditions to our area Tuesday afternoon, prior to the next warm front arriving on Wednesday. Looks like we will see dry and cooler conditions Friday into the weekend. Freezing levels will fluctuate from 1900m meters today, dropping to 1500 meters by Tuesday night then rising to as high as 2500 meters by Thursday.

    Warm front moving on shore this morning, should be wetter to the South of our Zone.

    Surface High pressure will bring unsettled conditions for Tuesday.

    Trailing cold front may not help us on Thursday. Looks to be moving South. Warm air on the way.

Snow & Avalanches-Understanding and Managing Risk: Trailer from France

Reflections on the Canadian Avalanche Size Classification: So, Was it a Size 5

Late Snow can mean fewer Avalanches: CAIC

What Field Observations tell us about Avalanche Danger: University of Calgary

Pictures and Intel from Alex Gibbs:
Lots of people at Keith's hut this weekend.  Saturday was nice, Sunday was a bit cloudy.
130cm HS @ 2400m on an East aspect (top of the Anniversary).   There was a clean moderate hard sheer about 15-20cm down.  No obvious interface.  Evidence of one natural observed on SE aspect on Joffre (same weakness).  Didn't detect any other weakness lower in the snow pack.

                                                                                                                                                                   Alex Gibbs Photo

                                                                                                                                                                   Alex Gibbs Photo

                                                                                                                                                                   Alex Gibbs Photo


    Watched the game last night, good hockey , unfortunately the Canucks lost 3-1 to the Predators.

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