24 Apr 2015

April 24, 2015

    35 Th avalanche fatality in France on the Grand Montets-Story in article section.               Net Pic

    Early Thursday morning April 23, 2015 --Ominous looking clouds.

    Lower level cloud moved in during the early daylight hours.

    Whistler Mountain yesterday morning.

    Snow showers in the morning.

    Eventually the ceiling came down to just above the valley level.

    Fairly good visibility at 1835 meters yesterday afternoon.

    Obscured at times at 2180 meters.

    By the end of the day it was unsettled at 1835 meters.

    Some snow reached the base last night.


Weather Observations for April 24, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -8, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the SE
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 0-5 KPH from the ENE
1650 meters     -5, 6 cm of new snow, 7 cm in 24 hours, Base 183 cm, relative humidity is 93 %
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +6.5. 2.5 mm of precip recorded on Thur.

Updated at 08:30 Hours.

    As of 07:00 Hours at 2180 meters we have obscured skies and variable visibility-snowing lightly.



For the forecast, an upper level low will spin over the area today and slowly exit Southeast ward later this evening. We can expect an overcast day with cool showery weather with the freezing level rising to 1400 meters then dropping this evening to around 1000 meters. A weak upper level ridge will begin to build early Saturday morning for unsettled weather into Sunday afternoon. The FL will rise to around 1800 meters on Saturday then drop to 1200 meters on Saturday night. Sunday should see the FL sitting at around 1600 meters. A weak warm front will move into the area Sunday evening with light precipitation and warmer temperatures. The FL could reach 2800 meters by Monday evening. There is low confidence in the models beyond Tuesday so flip a coin. The ridge may build again for a nice day with rising FL's or it may remain unsettled before a more intense front moves on shore for Wednesday. More on that as we get closer. Guesstimates: 5-8 cm above 1500 meters by Saturday morning.

    Upper low will slowly exit to the Southeast later today.

    Another low is moving down from the Aleutians.

    Another battle of the high and low for the weekend.



VIDEO FRIDAYS:

Skiing the California Draught: No Snow, No Water

2015 Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic: Alaska

Storing your skis for the summer: Backcountry.com

Snowmobile Base Jump: Norway?




ARTICLES:

Pisteur killed in an avalanche: Chamonix

Mixed bag for French 2015 Ski Season: France

How to predict an avalanche with Radar and GPS: ScienceShot

The Art of Skinning- Part 3: The Approach

    Image from yesterday, the precipitation went just South of us, Squamish received 7.4 mm yest.

    Rain in the valley yesterday afternoon.

    Nice weather for growing daffodils.

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