18 Dec 2014

December 18, 2014



    Early morning December 17, 2014.

    Began to snow yesterday at 10:30 hours. 1 cm accumulation by 14:30 Hrs. + 2 cm overnight.

    End of the day over the Base of Blackcomb Mountain. December 17, 2014.



                              Avalanche Canada Fund Raiser, come out for a good cause!!



Weather observations for December 18, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hours this am.

2240 meters        -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH from E
1860 meters        -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters        -3, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters        -2, 2 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hrs, Base 92 cm
1550 meters        -2, 2 cm of new snow, Base 63 cm Relative Humidity 99%
  660 meters         0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +0.7.



    As of 07:00 hrs we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility at 1860 meters. 


For the forecast, a weak front is moving through our area. Cloudy conditions with a relatively dry air mass for this morning, light snow for later in the afternoon. This evening a strong pacific cold front will reach the area with heavy snow fall to 800 meters. Freezing levels will be hovering around 1200 meters. Precipitation amounts will ease on Friday with mostly cloudy skies and some light snowfall above 800 meters. A warm front is heading our way for Saturday, most of the precipitation will be South of our zone with Freezing levels rising to about 1700 meters by late Saturday night. Sunday will also be cloudy with light snow above 1500 meters. As of now Monday is looking cloudy, Tuesday is unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud as a weak high pressure temporally builds. Cooler and showery weather is in the forecast for the middle of next week.  Guesstimates: 12-16 cm of new by Friday morning, 10-12 cm by Saturday morning, 10-15 cm by Sunday morning. 







    Various Fronts in the Pacific from yesterday.


    Yesterday at 15:00 Hours. Very light snowfall.

   Certainly some moisture on its way!!


    Nice wave heading our way Thursday night.

    Cold front will pass through the zone this evening.

    Friday is looking good as well.



ARTICLES: 

Land of Thundering Snow; Avalanche Exhibit: Revelstoke Museum

The Beautiful World of Avalanche Control: Kim Kirtcher Blog

Beware and Report Avalanches: CraigandCanyon

 Here is a review on my favourite Jacket: Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Mountain Adventures Whistler and Pemberton: She Shreds



                      Bekka, the Frosty Avalanche Dog                           Yvonne Thorton Photo


    We are doing well compared to Niseko, Japan.Snow stake as of Dec 17, 2014. Peter McGuckin

    Multi cloud layers on Wednesday.

   The visibility was challenging at times yesterday.



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