8 Feb 2015

February 8, 2015

            Weather and avalanche danger hampering search for Military SAR member. Net Pic

    Unlimited visibility, 0 degrees, light winds as of 08:00 Hours February 7, 2015.

                 A bit of snow at the Horstman Hut on Saturday Morning    Boyd McTavish Photo

    Flat light yesterday, avalanche control produced a size 3 in Blackcomb Bowl yesterday morning.

    Another grey moist day if you were in the valley. Decent turns in the new snow in the alpine.

    Road to Edgewater Lodge yesterday morning.

Weather Observations for February 8, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -3, Winds were 40-70 KPH from the SE
2180 meters        -2, Winds were 40-65 KPH from the S
1860 meters        -2, Winds were 25-50 KPH from the E
1835 meters        -1, Winds were 20-50 KPH from the SE
1650 meters         0, 8 cm of new new snow, Base 158 cm
1550 meters       +1, 3 cm of new new snow, Base 116 cm,  Relative Humidity 99%.
  660 meters       +4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +6.9, 14.6 mm recorded before midnight.
                                  Squamish had 45.7 mm recorded yesterday with a high of +12.

Avalanche control on Whistler Blackcomb produced some size 3 avalanches with mostly size 2, on February 7, 2015.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have cloudy skies with variable visibility and it is not snowing.

For the forecast, a short wave trough has moved through the area early this morning with light to moderate precipitation rates in a Southwesterly flow aloft. Freezing levels should rise to about 1600 meters and hover there for most of the day. There are some lingering showers but mostly dry conditions for this morning with some broken cloud as the ridge builds for this afternoon bringing a brief period of unsettled weather. Will be a transition of mostly cloudy skies to unsettled by this afternoon. A very weak front coming from the low off the coast will bring cloudy skies and some light precipitation to the region this evening into Monday put we will be in a relatively dry air mass. Very light snow can be expected above 1500 meters. Cloudy for Tuesday morning before a ridge of high pressure aloft builds for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday with warm temperatures and a FL around 2000 meters by Wednesday afternoon. Thursday is another transition day as a strong warm front moves in for Thursday evening with heavy precipitation and a FL above the local peaks. More on that later!! Guesstimates; 3-5 cm by Monday morning. Trace -2 by Tuesday morning.

   February 7, 2015-- Saturday, image taken at 13:30 Hours.

   This image taken at the same time as satellite image above.

    Still some moisture out there. Big picture from Saturday at 13:30 Hours

    Drying trend for our zone today.

   Mostly cloudy for Monday as the low keeps pushing cloud into our area.

    Ridge builds for Tuesday afternoon.


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   Alta Lake is spilling its banks.

    Causing the River of Golden Dreams to become even higher than Friday.

    Truly in flood conditions as it approaches Green Lake.

    Snow in the lower elevations has been melting quickly in the past 3 days. Lots of snow up high.


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