18 Mar 2015

March 18, 2015


    Finger nail Moon Tuesday March 17, 2015.



    Sunrise was at 07:22 yesterday. Today 07:20, sunset 19:20 for 12 hours of daylight.

    Broken cloud yesterday morning.

    Cool light out by Powder Mountain on Tuesday afternoon.

    Mostly cloudy in the afternoon.

    Ski touring by Decker Mountain.

    Cloudy just before sunset yesterday.


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

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters     -4, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the SSW
1650 meters     -3, No new snow, Base 148 cm
1550 meters     -1, No new snow, Base 105 cm,  Relative Humidity 87%. 
  660 meters     -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +12.5.


    As of 07:00 Hours we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


For the forecast, a short lived upper ridge developed early this morning bringing unsettled weather (mix of sun and cloud) to the area with a freezing level rising to 1800 meters this afternoon. We will see an increase in the cloud cover later today as a cold front moves onshore this evening bringing the FL down to around 1400 meters. We can expect light to moderate precipitation Thursday through to Saturday afternoon with FL fluctuating from a low of 1400 meters to a high of 1900 meters. Drier conditions will return for Saturday night as another short lived upper ridge builds for Sunday with warm temperatures forecasted and sunny conditions. Another weak front will begin to move in on Monday. Guesstimates: 2-4 cm by Thursday morning above 1200 meters, 10-15 cm by Friday morning above 1600 meters, 15-20 cm above 1600 meters by Saturday afternoon.


    Satellite image yesterday afternoon.

    Big picture shows next front on its way.

    Upper ridge has pushed in for this morning into this afternoon, with increasing cloud cover.

    Mini omega block.

    Moisture moves on shore this evening into Thursday.

    Slow moving system in a Southwesterly flow.

    Low continues to bring moisture into our area.

    Southeasterly flow on Friday.

    Low begins to move East on Saturday and exits the area by the evening.

    Upper ridge rebounds for Sunday.



ARTICLES:

One dies, six injured in an avalanche in the Lipa Valley: Kashmir,India

Man injured in Avalanche in Alaska worsens to critical condition: Anchorage AK

Avalanche Awareness-- Tips that could save a life: B.C. Snowmobile Federation

Skier triggers avalanche in Highland Bowl when it was closed: Aspen, CO

Persistently warm temps mean avalanche danger likely: Utah Avalanche Centre

Mt. Baker hopes for Friday Reopening: Washington State


    Avalanche on Decker from 2 days ago.                                                             Max Artoni Photo


                      Jake Yarnold enjoying some fresh snow on Sunday       Jeff Yarnold Photo


    Stratus layer amongst a mix of cloud.

    Looking very dry in the valley.

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