4 Jan 2015

January 4, 2015

    Avalanche on the Molltaler Glacier in Austria, Story in articles below.

   Stratus cloud layer above the valley Saturday morning, 08:30 Hours; January 3, 2015.

    Skating on Alta Lake Saturday, January 3, 2015.                                          Suze Cumming Photo

    The Jaws at Balls to the Walls Falls, Saturday.                                              Suze Cumming Photo

                      Crystallisation on Rainbow Trail                                   Ali Caladine Photo

Weather observations for January 4, 2015, taken at 06:00 Hours this Am.

2240 meters      -10, Winds were 30-35 KPH from the ESE
2180 meters        -9, Winds were 30-45 KPH from the SSE
1860 meters        -8, Winds were 10-20KPH from the E
1835 meters        -7, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters        -5, 5 cm of new new snow, Base 118 cm
1550 meters        -7, 8 cm of new new snow, Base 86 cm,  Relative Humidity 95%.
  660 meters        -7, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest -0.5, 1.4 mm of precip recorded there

   As of 07:00 Hours this am it is snowing with overcast skies and variable visibility. Very dry fluff!!

For the forecast, the strong warm front is still on track to move through the area. The brunt of the precipitation will begin falling later this morning into Monday morning. Unfortunately the majority of the energy will likely end South of our zone. Tuesday is looking mostly cloudy and dry with the freezing level well above the local peaks. At least there is only light amounts of rain expected. An upper ridge is forecasted to build for Wednesday and Thursday with unsettled conditions associated with a warm air mass (FL could reach 3000 meters on Wednesday). A cold front should enter the area on Thursday evening with freezing levels gradually lowering to 1000 meters by Friday evening.  Guesstimates: 22-26 cm by Monday morning, 4-6 cm by Tuesday morning.

   Satellite image from yesterday around noon.

   Image from the top of Whistler taken at the same time as the image above.

    Snow was on the way, very light snow in the valley by 12:00 hours, light snowfall by 15:00 Hours.

    Should see an increase in the precipitation rate.

    Hope the blob does not miss us!! Could get as little as 20 cm or as much as 30 cm.


Twelve people involved in an avalanche on the Molltaler Glacier: Austria

Video of avalanche on Molltaler Glacier: You Tube

Avalanche catches Aspen  powder tour guide: Aspen, Colo.

Avalanche survivor shares story, safety tips: Montana Snowmobiler

   Bridge on Rainbow Lake Trail. A  Grey day!                                                            Ali Caladine Photo

    Ice formations along the Cheakamus River.                                                    Suze Cumming Photo  

    Hooded Mergansers at Rainbow Park                                                               Suze Cumming Photos

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