7 Jan 2015

January 7, 2015

    Avalanche at St-Luc-Chandolin claims a victim over the weekend. Article below:       Internet pic

    Moist stratus layer above the valley floor, January 6, 2015.

   Natural wet loose to slab avalanches observed yesterday morning, Size 2's off Phalanx Ridge.

    Natural Wet Slab avalanches out of Ladies First                                       Images from Nigel Stuart.

        Wet slab likely started from a cornice drop in Husume area.               Nigel Stuart Image

   Thin stratus layer in Fitzsimmons Valley, Max Temp at 2240 meters yesterday was + 1.

    Sunset, at 16:25 January 6, 2015.

Weather Observations for January 7, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +1, Winds were 35-50 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        +2, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        +4, Winds were 15-30KPH from the E
1835 meters        +6, Winds were 15-40 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters        +6, No new new snow, Base 123 cm
1550 meters        +6, No new new snow, Base 96 cm,  Relative Humidity 45%.
  660 meters          0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +0.9, 0.5 mm of precip recorded there in 24 hours

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

For the forecast, high pressure aloft along with a weak low level offshore flow will bring dry conditions to the area until Thursday. The upper flow will be West to Southwest with lower pressure offshore and higher pressure inland, resulting in a warm dry air mass with mostly sunny conditions today followed by some unsettled weather for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This trend may continue into the weekend as the models are conflicting on how strong the weak weather systems approaching the coast over the weekend will be. Freezing levels for the next two days will remain above the local peaks, and begin a very slow downward trend Friday into Saturday, bottoming out at around 1000 meters.

Wide spread natural wet avalanche cycle yesterday, cornices are very ripe and with the present temperatures use caution if you are near or below them. Na cycle yesterday produced up to size 2.5 wet slabs.

If anyone can get some pictures today of the natural cycle in the good light  it would be much appreciated!!

    Satellite image from yesterday afternoon.

   High pressure is slowly moving into the area.

    Lots going on, some cloud development for Thursday into the weekend.

    Weak front approaching the coast for Friday may dissipate before its arrival.


Ilya Storm on 20 years of Education, Safety, and Snow Science: Mountain Skills

Trans Canada Highway closed after vehicle hit by an avalanche: Revelstoke Times

Avalanches claim weekend victims in Alps: Switzerland

US Ski Team returns to slopes a day after avalanche kills two members: OPB

Avalanche in the Italian Alps kills one skier, injures another: SouthTyrol Area

   Sunrise was officially at 08:10 Hours Tuesday. Already seeing the influence of the building high!

    A grey day, lots of snow around!

    Frozen rain yesterday morning.

   Ski out to Creekside is going!!

   You could occasionally see the  Peaks from the Valley yesterday!

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