29 Jan 2015

January 29, 2015

    An avalanche has claimed a life on the Grand Envers-Valle Blanche, France. Story Below. Net Pic

    An Avalanche in Vecors, France has claimed a 17 year old student. Story Below     Internet Pic

    Stratus layer began to lift early Wednesday Morning, January 28, 2015.

    Great colour Wednesday morning.

   Armchair with a lot of blue in the background.

   Still skiing/riding to the valley.

    Front side of Blackcomb.

    Nice light at 16:30 Hours.

    Sunset Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015.


Weather Observations for January 29, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -4, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the S
2180 meters        -2, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the WSW
1860 meters        -1, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters         0, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the WSW
1650 meters        -1, No new new snow, Base 122 cm
1550 meters         0, No new new snow, Base 99 cm,  Relative Humidity 40%.
  660 meters        -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday +6.7


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


For the forecast, a weak upper level shortwave trough is moving through the area this morning with mostly cloudy skies in a dry air mass. The upper level ridge will rebuild this afternoon into this evening with unsettled conditions into Saturday with higher than normal temperatures for this time of the year. Freezing levels will fluctuate between 1600 to 1900 meters.  A warm front is expected to reach the coast of Vancouver Island for Saturday morning, spreading clouds and light precipitation to our area for Saturday into Sunday afternoon. Freezing levels will start at 1700 meters for this event and end Sunday evening at around 1300 meters. The ridge rebuilds for Monday with unsettled conditions and cooler temperatures. There is little confidence in the models past Tuesday so more on that over the weekend. Possibly a warm front arriving on the coast for Tuesday evening followed by a cold front on Wednesday. Guesstimates: 3-5 cm by Sunday morning, 3-5 cm by Monday morning.


   Satellite image from later in the afternoon on Wednesday.

    In the big picture the North Coast is still receiving a significant amount of cloud.

    Present imagery.


   Upper ridge over the Pacific and Surface ridge in the interior, building into Saturday.

   Warm front moving onshore for Saturday afternoon.

   Light precipitation for Sunday.



ARTICLES:

A Slovenian man lost his life in an avalanche on the Valle Blanche on Wednesday: France

Another tragic avalanche fatality in France on Thursday: Vercors Avalanche

Update on the avalanche in Pakistan: One Body Recovered

Bitten but not Swallowed: Arc'teryx, The Bird

New Folding snow saw: Brooks Range Mountaineering

Avalanche Clinics for Fat Bikes: Utah



   Looking North on Wednesday morning.

    Stratus layer lifted and dissipated by noon on Wednesday.

    Green Lake Wednesday afternoon.

   Fissile and the Latte to Latte.

    Some cloud moved in at the end of the day.

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