18 Feb 2015

February 18, 2015

    Two tourists were killed in an avalanche in the Eisenerz Alps, Austria. Story Below         Net Pic

    British Tourist dies in an avalanche in the French Resort of Tignes, Story below.               Net Pic

    08:00 Hours Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Bluebird!!


    Recent Avalanche activity on the Tantalus Glacier. Feb 17, 2015.

    Not much activity on Rumbling Glacier.

    Some very scattered cirrus cloud Tuesday afternoon.

    Just before sunset, February 17, 2015.



Weather Observations for February 18, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters         -2, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the SE
2180 meters         -1, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the S
1860 meters        +1, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the ENE
1835 meters        +2, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the SE
1650 meters        +1, No new new snow, Base 144 cm
1550 meters        +2, No new new snow, Base 108 cm,  Relative Humidity 58%.
  660 meters         -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +9.2
                              Squamish hit a record high yesterday of +15.9

   As of 07:00 Hours we have high overcast and unlimited visibility. Warmer mid mountain layer.


For the forecast, the upper level ridge will flatten today as it begins to move inland with a weak cold front pushing onshore In a Southwesterly flow , shifting to a Westerly flow later today into Thursday. The onshore flow may bring a status layer into the inland passages today as a high cloud layer also develops.
The system is fairly dry so we may see very little precipitation out of the front with mostly unsettled weather with periods of cloudy weather. Freezing levels will begin to drop this evening to just above 1400 meters and then fluctuate between 1600 and 1200 meters into Friday. Friday will be mostly unsettled as the front passes through and a Northerly flow will develop as the high pressure reestablishes itself into early next week. We may see the FL drop back down to the valley by Saturday evening. Sunny weather from Saturday into Tuesday with warm days and cool evenings, FL could be well above the local peaks during the daytime hours, inverted temperatures may also keep the alpine warm. Guesstimates Trace to 2 cm by Thursday afternoon?!!


   Satellite image from yesterday morning, clear skies in Whistler, stratus layer in Georgia Straight.

    Flow shifts today.

   High clouds will move in this morning.

   Unsettled with periods of thicker cloud cover can be expected.

    Front continues moving East on Friday.

   Clear and sunny by Saturday.




ARTICLES:

21 Avalanche deaths in Austria this year: Two on Sunday

British Skier dies in the French Alps: Tignes

A Family buried in an avalanche has been found: Pyrenees, France

Avalanche risk remains severe in parts of the European Southern Alps: Provence and Cote d'Azur

Is Global Warming responsible for our weather: Cloudburst Avalanche Services



   Mount Fee February 17, 2015. 13:00 Hours.

   Black Tusk Tuesday afternoon.

    I can remember downloading a lot in February 1981 and more recently February 2005.

   Still away to the town centre off both mountains.

   Cloudier yesterday in Squamish.




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