15 Feb 2015

February 15, 2015

    One killed, one hospitalized after avalanche in Peter Lougheed Park, Alberta, story below, Net Pic.

    Six people killed in an avalanche in Afghanistan, story below.                                          Net Pic

    Early Saturday morning, February 14, 2015. Mid mountain cloud and fog in the valley.

    Cloud layer lifted and created convective clouds for the morning into the afternoon.

    16:00 Hours February 14, 2015. Large convective cloud development, very moist in the valley.

    Nice to see some blue sky for a change!!

Weather Observations for February 15, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -5, Winds were 20-45 KPH from the S
2180 meters        -4, Winds were 25-40 KPH from the WNW
1860 meters        -2, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the WNW
1835 meters        -2, Winds were 0-10 KPH from the S
1650 meters        -4, No new new snow, Base 148 cm 
1550 meters        -2, No new new snow, Base 108 cm,  Relative Humidity 65%.
  660 meters        -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +8.6.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, the upper ridge has established itself over he area with a weak Westerly on shore flow, bringing sunny skies and warming temperatures to the area. Freezing level dropped to the valley last night and will rise to 2000 meters later this afternoon. It will drop again to near the valley bottom for Monday morning and go up to 2200 meters by Monday night. Monday will be unsettled as some cloud spills in from the low to the North. Tuesday will be another sunny day with a FL well above the local peaks for the entire day ( above 3000 m). A very weak front will move in for Wednesday with a lowering FL and the chance of some light snow down to 1200 meters. (FL 1500-1700 M). Thursday will also be unsettled with a slightly cooler day and a chance of some isolated light flurries. The warm high pressure will reestablish itself for Friday with clear weather. Guesstimates trace -2 cm on Wednesday?

   Satellite image from yesterday afternoon, 16:00 Hours.

    Big picture yesterday, very large strong high pressure.

    Flow for today is Onshore Westerly, but with Northwest flow inland.

   High will dominate the pattern with some cloud for Monday, more cloud for Wednesday and Thursday.

    Very long term model, but high builds again for Friday.


One person killed in Black Prince Avalanche: Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Avalanche in Badakhshan Province claimed six lives: Afghanistan

How you can survive a potentially deadly avalanche: Kicking Horse Resort

Gulmarg's Avalanche Warning System lying defunct: Sringar, India

BC Mountain Weather Forecast: Avalanche Canada

    Brief glimpse of Whistler peak yesterday morning as the stratus layer lifted and advection kicked in.

   Pictures are so much better with some colour.

   Later in the day Saturday.

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