16 Jan 2015

January 16, 2015

    Mostly cloudy with some breaks Thursday January 15, 2015.

    Started snowing lightly in the Alpine around Noon.

    By closing it was snowing 1 cm per hour, winds were SE 50-70 KPH, and it was -5, at 2240 meters.

Weather Observations for January 16, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -5, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the S
2180 meters        -4, Winds were 40-50 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        -3, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters        -2, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters        -1, 13 cm of new new snow, 14 cm in 24 hours,  Base 137 cm
1550 meters        -1, 11 cm of new new snow, 13 cm in 24 hours,  Base 106 cm,  RH 99%.
  660 meters         0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +0.8, Precip-No Data? :(

    As of 07:00 Hours we have overcast skies with unlimited visibility at 1860 meters.

For the forecast, the low pressure system is moving East in a Southwest flow aloft and a high pressure aloft will begin building in the area this morning. We will have unsettled conditions later this morning into this afternoon with the chance of post frontal flurries this morning. Mostly cloudy later this afternoon and some breaks this evening. A weak warm front will move into the zone for Saturday in a Westerly flow with freezing levels rising to 1500 meters. We can expect light snow tomorrow morning into the evening when it will begin snowing moderately. The front will continue into Sunday and the freezing level will slowly descend to 1000 meters by Sunday evening. The ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft redevelops on Monday with unsettled conditions into at least Wednesday.  There is a good chance we will see light snowfall by Wednesday evening. A warm air mass will likely result in inverted temperatures and stratus cloud development in this time frame. Guesstimates: 10-12 cm by Sunday morning, 12-15 cm by Monday morning.

    Satellite image from yesterday at 11:30. Pre frontal flurries were just starting.

    Ridge of high pressure is building this morning, bringing unsettled conditions.

    Warm front will affect the zone Saturday into Sunday.

     Freezing levels will rise to about 1500 meters on Saturday.


Great footage of an avalanche in France January 5, 2015: Pistehors.com

Massive 35 meter drop in Keyhole Falls, B.C.: Redbull

Snowboarder POV of Hatcher Pass Avalanche: Alaska

Backcountry Safety video by: Snowboard Addiction

Controlled avalanche engulfs village: Switzerland


Backcountry Safety for the next generation: Pique

High Avalanche Risk for all reporting areas-Be Careful: Scotland

Understand the language of Avalanche Bulletins: Powder Canada

After a ski patroller's death, a flurry of questions: High Country News, Colorado

    Just prior to official sunrise Jan 15, 2014 which was at 08:05. Had that snow is on the way look!!

    There were some holes that went through on Thursday morning.

    From the archives, massive stratus layer January 16, 2014.

    Last year at this time we had an issue in the Duffy area.

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