19 Feb 2015

February 19, 2015

    German Ski Tourer killed in an avalanche in Lyngen, Norway. Story Below                      Net Pic



    07:30 Hours Wednesday February 18, 2015. Looking ominous to the South.

    There was a lengthy part of the day February18 Th, that was fairly sunny.

    Other times it was quite cloudy with the ceiling coming down to 2400 meters.

    Unsettled Wednesday Afternoon.

    Just before sunset on Wednesday afternoon. Cloud layer was descending. Light rain by 20:00 Hrs.



Weather Observations for February 19, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -5, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the SE
2180 meters        -4, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the S
1860 meters        -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1835 meters        -1, Winds were 20-35 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters         0, No new new snow, Base 144 cm
1550 meters         0, No new new snow, Base 108 cm,  Relative Humidity 97%.
  660 meters       +4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +11.2.

    As of 0700 Hours we have overcast skies with unlimited visibility.


For the forecast, a very weak trough will move on shore this morning in a Westerly flow. We can expect partially cloudy skies with the possibility of some scattered showers later this morning into this afternoon. The flow will begin to shift Northerly this evening bringing unsettled conditions for Friday morning, clearing in the afternoon as the ridge rebuilds. The ridge will strengthen for Saturday with dry sunny weather into Tuesday. There is a very weak front moving in for Wednesday. Freezing levels will fluctuate between 1400-1600 meters today, go down to near surface for Friday night and Saturday night. We will see a fairly warm air mass for the weekend with elevated freezing levels. Guesstimates for today: Trace to 1 cm above 1400 meters.



    Satellite image from 16:30 Hours February 18, 2015. Lots of stratus cloud along the coast.

   Big picture from yesterday, not very organised!

   Cloudy conditions today with very little precipitation.

   Clears out on Friday.

    Well established ridge for Saturday into Tuesday.

ARTICLES:

Coast Mountain Conditions Report--February 15, 2015: Escape Route

Avalanche Fatality in Norway: Lyngen, Norway

The weather can certainly determine survivability in the mountains: Very Sad Story

Nepal changes Everest Route after avalanche last year: Katmandu

Challenging Conditions experienced by rescue crew on Polar Circus: Banff National Park Avalanche Recovery

Fluctuating weather raises avalanche risks in Lapland: Finland Times

Don't take that selfie--Man falls off 250 Ft cliff causing an avalanche: Teton Gravity


    Environment Canada weather plot at 660 meters on Nester's Road. February 18, 2014.

    Still getting down Lower Dave Murray.

    Valley trail looks like it does on a nice May Day.

    Left overs from when Alta lake was flooding.

Observations and Pictures from Tobi from the February 17, 2015.

Anything steep slid natural in last storm with a dusting on top from when temps dropped after rain. Classic dust on crust. Not bad for the 1st couple of skiers. Probably good to keep note of the rather large debris pile as it will be ever present until a meter or so of new snow to fill it all in.


  
    Some good size debris in Fissile Bowl.                                                                                              Toby Salin Photo


                      Dust on Crust with a few slalom chunks.                               Toby Salin Photo






Two images of the avalanche that occurred in Gulmarg, India,  February 12, 2015 killing a local ski guide.

                                                                                                                                             Hage Photo

                                                                                                                                                Hage Photo
The Gulmarg ski area borders the Greater Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges. When things go bad here, they go bad in a big way. Yesterday a local skier triggered a D4 (freakin massive) avalanche just outside the controlled ski area. We watched it unravel from the gondola on our way up. The cloud was enormous. It left a four-meter high crown and ran to the ground for the entire length of the face (1005 meters). He didn’t stand a chance of survival.
Dozens had skied the face the day before. Wherever you are, ski safe out there. – Hage Photo

   There are certainly avalanche issues in the Lyngen, Norway area.                      Frode Hansen Photo


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