9 Jan 2015

January 9, 2015

    Sunrise January 8, 2015 at 08:09 Hours.

    Stratus layer in the valley eventually dissipated.

    Cirrus layer hung in there for most of the day but it was mostly sunny.

    Green Lake Thursday afternoon.

    Sunset Thursday was officially at 16:28, each day getting a little longer, about 2 minutes a day.

Weather Observations for January 9, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +1, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        +2, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        +4, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1835 meters        +3, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the E
1650 meters        +2, No new new snow, Base 122 cm
1550 meters        +4, No new new snow, Base 94 cm,  Relative Humidity 45%.
  660 meters        -3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest +1.9.

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

For the forecast, the high pressure aloft seems to be the dominant feature for the near future. There are several decaying weak fronts moving towards our area but they will likely only bring cloudy conditions. So for today we will see high clouds move into the area as a weak trough moves in this evening shifting the high Eastward, with a Southwest flow. The lower air mass is moist so we will likely also see more stratus layer development tomorrow, while the upper air mass is relatively dry. The flow will continue into Saturday with the chance of some isolated flurries. A slit flow will continue to bring unsettled conditions to the area Sunday into Monday. The upper ridge begins to rebuild for Tuesday.  Unsettled weather for at least one week. Freezing levels will gradually come down today to about 1500 meters by this evening. Over the next several days it will bounce around but should get as low as 1000 meters on Sunday.

    Satellite image from Thursday morning, you can see the thin cirrus layer over Whistler.

   Big picture from yesterday, looks like the high is quasi stationary.


Tignes ski and snowboard bungee ride: France

Moose charges ski patrol at Steamboat: Colorado

Big Crashes and some cool avalanche footage: Teton Gravity

Could you save your friends life?: Teton Gravity

Too Dig or Not to Dig: ASARC


Account of being caught in an avalanche while Mountaineering: Scotland

Update on Italian Avalanche:Vorarlberg, Italy

Blizzard paralyzes Northern Japan: Avalanche Warning

Top Ten Bad Backcountry SkiHabits: Powder Canada

After the storm....: Avalanche Canada

Arc'teryx Deep winter photo contest is under way: Whistler, B.C.

    Armchair yesterday afternoon.

    High cirrus and an aura over Whistler.

   Mount Currie with a cirrus layer and a stratus layer in the valley.

Recent observations and pictures from Jamie May;

Went out for some spring conditions and to work on our tans. 
Dug a few quick pits
Result from N aspect 2200m, 130pm
Firm breakable crust 10cm ski penetration, 30cm boot penetration
5cms of crust then 4f, P at 10cm. 
2f down to 17cm with a nasty crust,knife pen. 4f to 36 cms where we found the reactive layer. CTE4 sudden planer. Consistent 1f to 125cms
Similar results from a NE aspect same elevation, NE at 2350m. SE aspect 2200 was isothermic for the top 10cm but also CTE5. 
Lots of pinwheeling on anything in the sun, and some loose wet activity. 
Here's a couple photos

                                                                                                                                      Jamie May Photo
                                                                                                                                         Jamie May Photo

More pictures and observations from Steve Reid:

Would have gone for a lap to look at ladies 1st and Husume, but... picture 1 shows the folk struggling to ski the glacier (I think I watched everyone in this picture fall over) and picture 2 shows the deep, breakable crust that lies over the soft snow pretty much everywhere I could see. I decided to do my knees and dignity a favour and skied down to Glacier Creek.


                                                                                                                                                   Steve Reid Image

                                                                                                                                                  Steve Reid Image

                        Lakeside Bowl                                                                           Steve Reid Image

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