4 Dec 2014

December 4, 2014

    Size 3 out of Ipsoot South.                                                                            John Furneaux Photo

Purchased tickets to the opening gala of the Whistler Film Festival well in advance to be sure to have seats for myself and 2 guests. Denied at the door!! Sold out. Tough luck!! Met a lady who had travelled from Toronto on an Industry Pass denied access also. One of my friends is livid, will not support this festival for a long time, can you blame him as a local supporting the event for many years.  Trying to promote an event in a World Class Resort and not delivering is unacceptable and beyond belief. This sort of behaviour would not occur at any recognized film festival, in any other venue around the world. I have been a supporter since day 1. Appalling management. There were many unhappy ticket holders.

    First light Wednesday morning.

    Temperatures in the valley remained cold yesterday.

    Pumping it out on the lower mountain.

    Cirrus clouds formed in the late morning.

    Sunset was officially at 16:12 0n December 3, 2014.

Weather observations for December 4, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hours this am.

2240 meters      -4, No wind data
2180 meters      -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -2, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -2, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters      -3, No new snow, Base 50 cm
1550 meters      -1, Relative Humidity 72% Base 30 cm
  660 meters      -9, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest -1.4

For the forecast, the pattern is finally changing, with a Southwest flow bringing clouds and some moisture to our area. Unfortunately, the air mass is fairly warm rising freezing levels to around 1600 meters. Clear skies this morning with increasing cloud cover through out the day with light snow above 1200 meters later this evening. Freezing levels will continue to rise and hover around 1900 meters on Friday. Mostly cloudy on Saturday with the freezing level dropping back down to around 1400 meters. Sunday is looking unsettled and then we can expect a series of warm frontal bands with moderate to heavy precipitation into mid week. Guesstimates 2-4 cm by Friday morning, 3-5 cm by Saturday morning. 

    Clear skies, some cirrus cloud about with unlimited visibility. Clouds on the way. 06:45 this am.

    Hopefully the low in the Gulf of Alaska kicks in and brings us some Love!!

Long range models are showing significant precipitation next week.

With the right mix next week we have potential for some good storms.

    A series of strong Pacific Frontal systems generated by the deep upper low in the NE Pacific expected.


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    Man made snow will collect on everything. Fences and signs are fair game.

     Some point releases on a South West aspect yesterday afternoon.

    Awesome light at days end, December 3, 2014.

    Surface Hoar is still growing.

    Early conditions and little room at the bottom of the terrain park on the road is an issue, slow down!! 

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