14 Mar 2015

March 14, 2015

    Sunrise Friday March 13, 2015. Beginning of another warm sunny day.

    Fog in the valley Friday morning, dissipated fairly quickly.

    Fog was very thick first light.

    A few clouds around in the morning.

    Lower Dave Murray on Whistler Friday morning.

    Awesome mid morning conditions on Friday.

    Clouds began to move over the Tantalus range by the afternoon.

    By 17:00 hours the clouds were getting thicker.


Weather Observations for March 14, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -2, Winds were 60-80 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters     -2, Winds were 60-75 KPH from the S
1860 meters     -1, Winds were 25-50 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters      0, No wind data
1650 meters    +1, Trace of new snow, Base 142 cm
1550 meters    +1, Trace of new snow, Base 106 cm,  Relative Humidity 100%. ( 5 mil)
  660 meters    +7, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +15.4, no precip prior to midnight.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have obscured skies and limited visibility, snowing 1 cm per hour.


For the forecast, a slightly weakened warm front will bring moderate to heavy precipitation to the area this morning easing to light precipitation by this afternoon and diminishing to showers by this evening in a Southwesterly flow aloft. Winds could ramp up even higher as the early morning progresses.  A cold front will pass through this afternoon bringing the freezing level down from 1900 meters too 1200 meters by this evening. The models are still in disagreement over the time frame for Sunday into next week with a wide range of solutions. There is a good chance the frontal band will be out of our area by early Sunday morning bringing dry unsettled conditions(mostly cloudy) with the FL rising to 1600 meters on Sunday afternoon then dropping to 1000 meters in the evening. Another trough will reach the coast for Monday with continued light to moderate precipitation into Tuesday evening with a rising FL as high as 2000 meters Monday afternoon and low as 1500 meters by Tuesday evening. Wednesday is looking unsettled with some showers possible in the evening. Stand by for updates tomorrow as the forecast is subject to very quick changes as the weekend progresses. Guesstimates: 20-25 cm by Sunday morning above 1800 meters, 18-20 cm above 1600 meters by Sunday morning, 3-5 cm by Tuesday morning above 1600 meters, 5-8 cm by Wednesday morning above 1500 meters.


    Satellite image from 12:00 yesterday afternoon.

    Big picture Friday around noon.


    Warm front passing through this morning.

    Looks like heavier precipitation South of our zone.

   Strong winds will create issues in the alpine.

    Cold front will pass through this afternoon.



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    Mount Currie from Green lake early Friday morning.

    Some cool light on the lake.



    Heard a rumour that Edgewater Lodge has been sold!!

    Dissipating fog.

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