1 Feb 2015

February 1, 2015

    An Avalanche in the Piz Vilan area of Switzerland has claimed 5 people, story Below. Internet Pic

    Rescue crews working where 7 people of a group of 9 were caught in an avalanche. REGA Pic

    Two separate avalanches in the Black Forest take 2 lives. Story Below                       Internet Pic.

    Cloudy on Saturday morning, January 31, 2015.

    Whistler Mountain early Saturday morning.

    Meager group. It was cloudy in Pemberton too!

    Front began to move in just before sunset.

Weather Observations for February 1, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -4, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        -3, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters        -3, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters        -1, Winds were 20-50 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters         0, 10 cm of new new snow, Base 131 cm
1550 meters        -1, 10 cm of new new snow, Base 109 cm,  Relative Humidity 99%.
  660 meters         0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.2.

    As of 07:00 hours we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing less than 1 cm per hour.

For the Forecast, a weakening warm front is moving East over the area in a Westerly flow aloft. Freezing level my rise slightly this morning and the flow will likely become Southerly later this morning. Freezing levels will drop back down to 1000 meters as the cold front moves through.  Cloudy skies with very light precipitation for today, a weak cold front will follow later today with isolated flurries this evening and unsettled conditions over night. Another weak and diffuse front will arrive for Monday with very light precipitation and unsettled conditions by Monday evening. Models are still at odds with Tuesday and Wednesday but looks like unsettled conditions with Freezing levels averaging around  1200 meters and some very light precipitation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The pattern will change by early Thursday morning with a series of warm wet fronts moving onto the coast into at least Saturday. Freezing levels will average around 1700 meters through this period and spike at about 2000 meters. Moderate precipitation rates are forecasted for this time period. Guesstimates another 3-5 cm for today. 2-4 cm during the day Monday, 3-5 cm by Wednesday morning. 

    Cloudy most of the day on Saturday.

    Big picture has some moisture heading our way later in the week.

    Brunt of the precipitation moved through earlier this morning.

    Not very organised for Tuesday.

    Warm wet weather heading our way Thursday.


4 People deceased after an avalanche on Piz Vilan Mountain area: Switzerland

Two people die in separate avalanches in Germany: Black Forest

A climber has died in an avalanche in the Torridon Area: Scotland

Out Alive--Survive an Avalanche: Backpacker

Avalanche Information: Parks Canada

    Frost in the trees Saturday morning, -4 at 660 meters at 07:00 Hours.

    North West couloir on Wedge January 31, 2015.

   Armchair Saturday afternoon.

    Not much snow on Currie.

   Iced Willow branches in the Pemberton Valley Saturday, January 31, 2015.

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