21 Dec 2014

December 21, 2014

Always a good sign when you are loading first thing in the morning.

    Snow line steadily moving into the Valley.

    There were moments of nice light through out the morning, precip was stalled until the afternoon.

    Just a bit too low for great turns.

    Gray Jays are becoming a nuisance.


    Good turns today but the snow was lighter yesterday. Temperatures warmed up from -7 to -3.

    Not great visibility yesterday, but some great coverage.



Weather observations for December 21, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hours this Am.

2240 meters      -6, Winds were 35-55 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -4, Winds were 55-70 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters      -3, Winds were 40-65 KPH from the WSW
1650 meters      -2, 23 cm of new snow, 27 cm in 24 hours, Base 135 cm
1550 meters      -1, 20 cm of new snow, 26 cm in 24 hours, Relative Humidity 97%, Base 98 cm
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +1.9, 20.3 mm of Precip recorded yesterday

    As of 07:00 hours we have broken cloud and variable visibility.



For the forecast, the cool moist flow has moved East with cloudy conditions in its wake. The first day of winter and it feels good to have gotten it so wrong. The right mix of temperature and flow has give us a perfect start to the winter season. Mostly cloudy today with some light snow forecasted for later today. An upper level ridge will try to establish itself in the area early tomorrow morning with unsettled conditions followed by very light flurries in the afternoon. Freezing levels will hover around 1000 meters. Cloudy for the next few days in a strong Westerly flow. The flow should change to a Northwest flow by Wednesday night with unsettled conditions, changing to sunny conditions for Christmas Day. Guesstimates: 2-4 cm by Monday morning, 3-5 cm by Tuesday morning




ARTICLES:

Urban Avalanche Advisory: Juneau, Alaska

Skier breaks leg in an Avalanche: Crested Butte, Colorado

Desperate Ski Resorts taking matters into their own hands: Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Avalanche Awareness Days January 17-18, Blackcomb Avalanche Awareness Hut: Avalanche Canada



    Sc size 1 yesterday morning on Blackcomb. There were a couple of size 2 Sc.

    Slabs were in the trees as well.

    Keeners at Glacier Express Lift.

    Many people hiking in the stormy conditions.

    Blackcomb Glacier Creek.



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