12 Jan 2015

January 12, 2015

Update on the avalanche in Turkey in article section.                                                Internet Photo


    Early Sunday morning, January 11, 2014. Some stratus cloud in valley and cloud at 2100 meters.

    Very dark clouds but no precipitation.

    Flat light at times but most people said the groomers were nice.



    Became very dark at the end of the day, but no snow, :(.


Weather Observations for January 12, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -8, Winds were 5-15 KPH from the ESE
2180 meters        -6, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1835 meters        -4, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters        -2, No new new snow, Base 124 cm
1550 meters        -1, No new new snow, Base 92 cm,  Relative Humidity 95%.
  660 meters         0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +2.

    As of 07:00 Hours we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


For the forecast, an upper ridge with light offshore flow is building into our area with unsettled conditions  this morning, getting sunnier as the day progresses. Freezing level should hover around 1000 meters.  The ridge will give us unsettled conditions for Tuesday with some cloud development during the day, the air mass will be warm and freezing levels will rise just above the local peaks on Tuesday evening.  As of now Wednesday is looking  mostly sunny with freezing levels well above the local peaks. A weak front moves in for Wednesday evening with freezing levels dropping to 1200 meters by Thursday morning with light snow fall increasing to heavy snow by Thursday evening. A weak push from the ridge will likely bring unsettled conditions Friday afternoon. The models are in disagreement beyond Thursday so more on that later. Guesstimates: 18-22 cm by Friday morning. That number is likely to change as we get closer, the front is weakening!!




    Image from yesterday afternoon at around 14:00 Hours.

   From this image its difficult to believe the high will rebuild!!

    Looking sunnier for later today.


    Dry for Tuesday.

    Same for Wednesday.

    Frontal band for Thursday.


ARTICLES:

Avalanche details and Images from Kendall Mountain, Colorado: CAIC

Update on the avalanche that killed one worker in Turkey: Reuters

Coast Mountain Backcountry Report: January 8, 2015

Snowflake Forming: You Tube

A guide to the new Swiss off piste law: Altitude





   Moist dark air mass as of 09:00 Hours.

    Sunday January 11, 2015, was a grey day.

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