24 Jan 2015

January 24, 2015

    Italian side of Mont Blanc takes the life of an American Skier, story below.                Internet Pic

    Just after 09:00 Hours Friday January 23, 2015. Temp at 1860 meters was + 0.5.

    Circa Noon Friday,  upper FL dropped slightly and it began to snow. Still +2 at 1835M.

    View in the valley, Friday afternoon. Green lake!

Weather Observations for January 24, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters          0, Winds were 25-30 KPH from the S
2180 meters        +1, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        +2, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters        +4, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the S
1650 meters        +3, No new new snow, Base 140 cm
1550 meters        +4, No new new snow, Base 112 cm,  Relative Humidity 100%.
  660 meters        +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +6.1, 21.3 mm of rain recorded yesterday.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have overcast skies with limited visibility.

For the forecast, a weak warm front will slowly be pushed out of our area as the high pressure to the South strengths for tomorrow. For today we will have mostly cloudy skies with the chance of some intermittent light rain in a Southerly flow, the air mass is stable but moist.  The brunt of the precipitation is visiting our neighbours to the North.  Freezing levels will remain high and could top out later tonight at around 3000 meters. The residual moisture from the front yesterday will slowly dissipate by Sunday morning. With the warm temperatures a stratus layer will likely form above the valley floor. The surface high will bring unsettled conditions for Sunday afternoon with a mix of sun and cloud. As of now Monday is still looking like a warm sunny day. Another weak weather disturbance will push in for Tuesday with some isolated snow flurries and a freezing level dropping to 1600 meters. Unsettled weather looks likely for Wednesday. All the models are in disagreement to what will be happening Wednesday. Guesstimates Trace to 2cm on Tuesday morning above 1500 meters.

    Satellite image from 14:00 Hours Friday afternoon. More energy to the North.

    Looks intense South of the Queen Charlotte's.

    The High will begin to Push the low North, but very warm temperatures!!

    Looks mostly cloudy, the storm has shifted North. Light rain possible, but likely for this morning.

   High is rebuilding fairly quickly, for later today.

    Most of there cloud will be pushed out by Sunday afternoon.

   Looking dry, warm and sunny for Monday!!

   Very weak front on Tuesday.


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    The moss is flourishing in the warm temps and moisture.

    At least most of the moisture is going North. light rain Friday afternoon.

   River of Golden Dreams. January 23, 2015.

    The forest was a fairly dry place with the light rain Friday afternoon.

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