26 Nov 2015

November 26, 2015

    Recent Na avalanche on Brandywine South Aspect above Grizzly Lake.   James McSkimming Pic

    Snowmaking to the village on Whistler Mountain. Early Wednesday morning.

    Terrain Park is in awesome shape.

    Gun Pow Turns!!

    Moving guns to where they are needed. Blackcomb Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

    Ridge dominating the weather pattern.

    Blackcomb is opening today. Image from just after sunset Wednesday evening.

Weather Observations for November 26, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -5, Winds were 30-45 KPH NNE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters      -5, Winds were 40-60 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -2, Winds were 30-45 KPH NW  --Rendevous
1835 meters      -3, Winds were 10-20 KPH NNE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters      -2, 0 cm of new, 80 cm Base, Relative Humidity 48%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters       0, 0 cm of new, ? cm Base  --Catskinner 
  660 meters      -8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.2.

Freezing level briefly reached 1600 meters last night.

   As of 06:30 Hours we have clear skies and unlimited visibility under the full moon.

For the forecast, high pressure will continue to build in the area until Monday. We can expect a cool NE flow aloft for the next few days. Inverted temperatures will bring the freezing level up to 2300 meters today, even higher on Saturday, then will slowly come back down to 1400 meters by Monday. Still looking like a weak front will begin to push onshore by Monday evening in a Southerly flow aloft. Models are in disagreement to when the moisture will arrive. At this time the GFS and ECMWF  still maintain ridging where as the NAM has a system onshore by Sunday.  Minimum valley temperatures will fluctuate from -8 to +1 in the next few days.

    High pressure continues to build.

    Warmer temperatures in the alpine today.

    High getting pinched on Saturday.

    Classic Omega Block: Definition


Avalanche buries road under 2.5 meters of snow, backcountry skier missing: Hatcher Pass, AK

Analysis of long term weather, snow, and avalanche data at Glacier National Park: Science Direct

The best avalanche airbag pack review: OutDoorGearLab

New camp teaches girls skiing basics in avalanche territory: Montana

                 Some good info Saturday night.

    Wind has removed snow down to the crust in some areas.

    Ipsoot Wednesday afternoon.

                     Thanks to John for this profile from Ipsoot. CTV Sc cutting block x2

    Snow making going hard.

    Sun setting Wednesday afternoon.

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