8 Jan 2015

January 8, 2015

    Update on Italian Avalanche in article section:                                                                    Net Pic

    Avalanche in Colorado claims the life of a Backcountry Skier. Info Below              Internet Pic


    Sunrise was at 8:10 on Wednesday January 7, 2015

    Stratus layer still lingering in the valley, yesterday morning.

    By mid morning on Wednesday it was bluebird in the alpine.

    Last light Wednesday January 7, 2015.

           Loose wet avalanches too wet slab from 2 days ago.                     Nicole Kosher Image


Weather observations for January 8, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.


2240 meters        +5, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the ESE
2180 meters        +6, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the ESE
1860 meters        +4, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the E
1835 meters        +1, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1650 meters        +1, No new new snow, Base 123 cm
1550 meters        +3, No new new snow, Base 94 cm,  Relative Humidity 65%.
  660 meters         -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +1.

   As 0f 07:00 Hours we have clear skies and unlimited visibility if you are above the stratus layer.

For the forecast, high pressure aloft will bring sunny conditions to the area today, with some valley stratus cloud development with the inverted conditions. Some high cirrus cloud will likely burn off this morning. The ridge will shift Eastward this evening with the flow aloft becoming Southwesterly, a dry stable air mass will move in for Friday with unsettled conditions. A very weak upper level trough will move in for Saturday with overcast skies and the possibility of some isolated snow flurries. Sunday, as of now looks unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud. The ridge appears to rebuild for Monday with sunny conditions. Freezing levels will remain high for today (3000+ meters) and tomorrow morning before slowly descending to around 1200 meters by Saturday. Not looking like a lot of change in the pattern for next week.


    Image from yesterday at 11:00 Hours, Stratus layer in Georgia Strait and interior valleys.

   Some moisture well off the coast will likely bring some cloud to the area tomorrow.

    Fairly unorganised!!


ARTICLES:

Backcountry skier dies in a Colorado Avalanche after being swept into trees: Silverton, Colordo

Update on Italian Avalanche claiming one life: South Tyrol Region

Manuel Genswein on 20 years of Education, Safety, and Snow Science: Mountain Skills

Seven people rescued after avalanche buried them in their cars: Mount Elbrus, Russia

Trans Canada Highway closed yesterday: Calgary Beacon

Snowboarder survives Bear Creek Avalanche unscathed: Telluride, Colo.

Avalanche in Western Austria results in 5th death: Avalanche occurred while doing a snow profile


   Stratus layer still plaguing the valley at days end on Wednesday.

    Paradise Valley Wednesday Afternoon.

    Good looking terrain off Mamquam Peak!!

    Garibaldi has some great looking ski lines.


    Moon, mountains, and clouds. Pemberton, B.C.                                               Marie Harrison Photo

   Spotted 3 Western Meadowlarks in Squamish yesterday. Western Meadowlark

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