14 Aug 2015

August 14, 2015

   An avalanche in the Hector Mtns of New Zealand has claimed a heli-skier-story below. Net Pic

    Tuesday August 11, 2015--Smoke and Haze to the North early in the am.

    Satellite image from Tuesday morning.

    Just before sunset on Tuesday evening, very little firn snow left in Blackcomb Bowl.

    Wednesday August 12, 2015--It was +18 by 09:00 Hours at 2200 meters.

    Big picture Wednesday morning.

    Thursday August 13, 2015--Slightly better visibility than Wednesday.

    Satellite image from Thursday morning.

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

2180 meters      +11, Winds were 15-20 KPH from the S
1835 meters      +14, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1650 meters      +13, Relative Humidity 74%
  660 meters      +13, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +30.6, trace of rain recorded yest.

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.

    Satellite image from this am at 07:15 Hours.

For the forecast, the low pressure is slowly working its way up the coast with an increase in the cloud cover. Showers and lightning are being reported South of the US boarder as the moist unstable airmass in a Southerly flow just off the northern California coast approaches at about 30-50 KPH. The low will remain for Saturday with showers expected in our zone as well as cooler temperatures. A ridge of high pressure will move in from the Eastern Pacific on Sunday for dry and warm conditions into next week.

    Low will move Northeastward today and is a moist unstable airmass.

    High pressure in the Eastern Pacific will move back into our zone by Sunday.

Video Fridays:

Special wrapping used to prevent glacier melt: Switzerland

When everything goes the wrong way: Bicycle Race in Utah

Who needs a helicopter: Bush Plane STOL

Summer Avalanche down the Plain of Six Glaciers: Lake Louise, Alberta

Free Solo Slackline Record: Squamish, B.C.


Heli-skier dies in an avalanche near Queenstown: New Zealand

Update on New Zealand Avalanche: Latest article and video

Avalanche expert plans survey of Himalayas in the fall: Japan

Solar Powered avalanche resistant home for Himalayan trekkers: Architecture Competition

Ortovox recalls S1+ (again): Earn Your Turns

    Sunset Tuesday evening.

    Smoke and haze looking towards Pemberton from 1835 meters on Whistler Mtn Wednesday.

    Rockfall in Glacier Cirque on Whistler will certainly speed up the melting process of the firn snow.

    Black Tusk Thursday morning.

    Overlord Glacier Thursday morning.

    Round House on Whistler Thursday August 13, 2015.

    Up close and personal with a marmot on Whistler Mountain.

    Young deer in the Bike Park.

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