14 Jan 2015

January 14, 2015

                            Avalanche engulfs climber in Italy, story below.

    Sunrise January 13, 2014.

    Stratus layer still present in the valley in the morning, it dissipated by the afternoon.

   Alta Lake docks, Tuesday January 13, 2014.

    Cirrus cloud in the afternoon.

    It was a relatively nice day, not sure why some sites were calling for cloudy conditions yesterday?

Weather Observations for January 14, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +3, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        +4, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the NNE
1860 meters        +4, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the NNE
1835 meters        +5, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1650 meters        +1, No new new snow, Base 123 cm
1550 meters        +3, No new new snow, Base 92 cm,  Relative Humidity 64%.
  660 meters         -6, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest -0.2.

   As of 07:00 Hrs we have clear skies with a trace of cirrus cloud, unltd visibility and some low stratus.

For the forecast, The upper ridge remains over the area today with an offshore flow. The ridge will weaken later today and begin to move East as a weak warm front moves onto the coast later this evening. Freezing levels will remain high for today, above the local peaks until this evening. (inversion today) We may see some cirrus cloud development this morning and there is some lingering sparse stratus cloud at the lower elevations, which will disperse later this morning.  A cold front will arrive for Thursday with the freezing level dropping to around 1200 meters and we will receive some light to moderate snowfall into early Friday morning. Unfortunately the system is weakening and the forecasted amounts are not quite where they were. Still a chance we could get 20 cm but the brunt of the precipitation may go South.  Friday is looking unsettled as the ridge reestablishes its ground for a brief period of time.  Good news is that we will see some snow over the weekend as another weak front will move in for Saturday, and another on Sunday. Guesstimates: 10-14 cm by Friday morning, 4-6 cm by Sunday morning, 8-10 cm by Monday morning. Freezing levels will fluctuate during this time frame but should average out at around 1000 meters.

   Upper ridge for today will bring mostly sunny skies.

    Weak warm front on the coast by this evening.

    Cold front for Thursday.

    Unsettled for Friday.

   Weak front for Saturday.

   Slightly stronger front for Sunday.


A day in the life of a NWAC Avalanche Observer: Summit Register

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Search and Rescue Volunteers caught in an avalanche: Iceland

Photographer Jonathan Griffith captures avalanche engulfing climber: Nyooz Trend

Two more bodies found in Trabzon avalanche tragedy: Turkey

Snowboarder POV of Hatcher Pass Avalanche: Alaska

    Armchair January 13, 2014 in the afternoon.

    Rainbow Mountain Tuesday afternoon.

   Green Lake Tuesday afternoon, sun felt good!

A couple of pics from January 12 Th in the Blackcomb backcountry.

1) From the recent warm cycle - The biggest deposit we noticed today - skiers left of Cham Chutes

2) This feature only 150 ft high - propogated well and another dangerous deposit into the flats 

3) Weather runnels and pockmarks on Circle Lake - rare sight for Jan 12

4) 1 cm ski pen today .. worthwhile day above the clouds

Heal up Wayne!

Don Saugstad

    Picture #1                                                                                                                     Don Saugstad Image
    Picture #2                                                                                                              Don Saugstad Image

    Picture # 3                                                                                                              Don Saugstad Image                                  

    Picture # 4                                                                                                              Don Saugstad Image

    Some awesome colours Tuesday morning!!

    Later in the afternoon, January 13, 2015.

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