26 Jan 2015

January 26, 2015

    Avalanche in Pakistan claims two herder's, story below.                                             Internet Image

    Just after sunrise on Sunday January 25, 2015.

    First light Sunday Morning.

    Stratus layer above the valley floor.

    By mid day it was looking much nicer!

    Just before sunset, Sunday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 26, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +3, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        +4, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        +6, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters        +7, Winds were 10-25 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters        +7, No new new snow, Base 124 cm
1550 meters        +7, No new new snow, Base 100 cm,  Relative Humidity 47%.
  660 meters          0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +9, Record max temp recorded yesterday.

Today we have 9 hours of daylight, Sunrise 07:54 Sunset 16:55.

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

For the Forecast, high pressure aloft will result in unsettled conditions today (mostly sunny) in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The air mass is still warm and dry with freezing levels at 3000 + meters slowly dropping to 2000 meters by this evening. The ridge will move East tonight as a weakening front moves onto the coast with freezing levels dropping to 1600 meters Tuesday afternoon. The precipitation that may fall from this front will likely happen later this evening into Tuesday morning. The ridge will begin to rebuild Tuesday afternoon with unsettled conditions into at least Friday. There is a chance of stratus cloud development above the valley floor with the inverted temperatures. Another weak front is forecasted to arrive Friday evening with a slightly cooler and moist series of fronts possible for the weekend. Still a long way off, so more on that later. Guesstimates trace to 2 cm by Tuesday afternoon.

   Very weak front for tonight.

    Remnants of the Pineapple express to the North.

    Low is just to the North of our zone.

   Today's forecasted model.

    Upper ridge dominates for most of the week.


Update on the Avalanche that claimed six ski tourers in the Queyras Mountains: France

39 Avalanche Fatalities (6 more 2 days ago) this season in the European Alps: We Powder

Avalanche "Deadliest in Years": New Zealand Herald

Snow Avalanche kills 2 people in Mir Malik area of Astore: Pakistan

Photos from the field: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

   Some nice light near days end on Sunday.

   Tower 3 & 4  of the Peak to Peak on Blackcomb Mountain.

    View of Whistler around 15:00 Hours Sunday January 25, 2015.

   There were still some multi layers of cloud yesterday afternoon.

    Snow designs, Chamonix.                                                                                            Internet Image

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