6 Jan 2015

January 6, 2015


   Avalanche in Austria kills 2 US Ski Team Members, story in article section.         Internet Photo

    Line up for Excaliber Gondola yesterday morning at Base 2. Keener's                Jamie May Photo


    Monday afternoon, still snowing in the valley with inverted temperatures and a lot of snow.


    Early yesterday, January 5, 2015. Fresh Tracks!





Weather observations for January 6, 2015, taken at 06:00 Hours this Am.


2240 meters          0, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the S
2180 meters        +1, Winds were 40-50 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        +1, Winds were 15-30KPH from the E
1835 meters        +3, Winds were 20-40KPH from the SSW
1650 meters        +3, No new new snow, 6 cm in 24 hours, Base 131 cm
1550 meters        +4, No new new snow, 3 cm in 24 hours, Base 116 cm,  Relative Humidity 92%.
  660 meters          0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest 0, 27.3 mm of precip recorded in 24 hours.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have high overcast, stratus layer above the valley and unlimited visibility.


For the forecast, an upper ridge will begin to dominate the pattern as it builds with a weak level  offshore flow. For today we will see mostly cloudy skies with a very slight chance of some showers this morning. Later today we should see the high pressure building with dry warm weather. Not sure of the timing but should see clear skies this evening. Wednesday and Thursday will see freezing levels slowly decline, from 3200 meters today, 3000 meters Wednesday, 2600 meters Thursday. A weakening front will move in  for Friday with unsettled conditions, freezing levels around 1000 meters. The ridge rebuilds for Saturday. Not much confidence in the models past Saturday, so more on that in future posts.

Avalanche control yesterday produced mostly size 1, with some size 2 soft slab avalanches in the new snow instabilities. Explosive control and ski cutting were used in control work. The snow pack absorbed somewhere between 15-20 mm of water last night.


    While it was still snowing yesterday morning.

    Looking warm for today, warm air from the South Pacific and warm air from California.


   High will begin to dominate the pattern later today.

    Sunny and warm for Wednesday.

   Weakening front will likely bring some cloud to the area for Friday.






ARTICLES:

US Ski Team says two ski racers killed in Avalanche in Austria: Solden, Austria

Avalanche Awareness-Tips that could save a life: BC Snowmobile Federation

B.C. Storm: Avalanche risk closes three highways: CBC News

Roof avalanche buries resort goer's in a Turkish resort: You Tube

NOAA making a significant investment in computers: Will improve numerical models




A group of folks from Vancouver decided to make a trip up to the Keyhole hot springs perhaps a little unprepared and undereducated about the dangers in the mountains. Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon as the snow started piling up they tried to make their way home but as they were driving through a very bad avalanche area on the road (41km), they were hit by a small slide witch stopped them from being able to move forward. As they decided to get out of their vehicle (bad choice), another slide Size 2 came down and just missed them. They abandoned their vehicle and got a ride out with others. Now the vehicle is in a mine field of avalanche debris and a meter of snow on the road....Guess they will not be using there vehicle till Spring!!!


Cheers Lorne


                                                                                                                                     Lorne Graham Photo
                                                                                                                                    Lorne Graham Photo

   Eventually warmed up in the alpine, with light rain mid day. 

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