3 Nov 2015

November 3, 2015

    Snow line is very respectable for the beginning of November. Looks like 40-50 cm of snow!!

    Cornice development at 2180 meters on Whistler Peak, Sunday morning November 1, 2015.

   Some temporary blue Sunday morning between intermittent waves of light precipitation.

    Stratus layer over the valley Monday morning, November 2, 2015. It eventually lifted.

   Clouds lifting as the day warmed up.

    Snow makers were busy Monday morn. -4 at 08:00 Hours. 0 by 12:00 then < -3 by 15:00 Hours.

    Tantalus Range appearing above the status layer. Monday

    Squamish Valley--Once the sun came out there was convective activity.

                                    Come out and give support for this event-Friday Night.

Weather Observations for November 3, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -9, Winds were 30-45 KPH NE--Horstman Hut Station
1860 meters      -5, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the NNW
1650 meters      -2, Relative Humidity 96%
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +7.4. 0.2 mm of rain recorded yest.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have some scattered cloud, unlimited visibility and ground fog.

    Tuesday November 3, 2015 08:30 Hours.

For the forecast, an upper level ridge will bring mostly sunny weather today in a Northwesterly flow. Ridge will likely exit early Wednesday morning as a very weak Pacific front moves onshore with some isolated intermittent showers in a Southerly flow. Thursday is looking unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud. Friday a more vigorous front passes through with warmer temperatures. Freezing level will fluctuate around 1200-1600 meters until Friday when it may go up to 2000 meters. The good news is that a cold front will move back through by Saturday with the FL dropping to around 1500 meters. The GFS, NAM and ECMWF are a bit askew in the long range models. Will have another update on Friday morning. Long term it is looking cool and snowy early next week. Snow tires may be necessary by this weekend.

    High pressure builds with ground fog in the morning..

    Upper Ridge for today.

    Closer look at our Zone.

    Northerly flow and ridge will fend off cloud until Wednesday morning.

    Unsettled on Thursday.

    Could see light to moderate precipitation by Friday.

   Warm Southerly flow on Friday.

    Looks like some precipitation for Saturday in a Westerly flow, < FL.


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Interesting facts from the past 10 Years for October, Data taken at 660 meters:

Date                            Average Max Temperature        Total Precipitation

2005                                       +9.9 C                                    236.4 mm
2006                                       +13.1                                      61.2
2007                                       +9.5                                        141.4
2008                                       +10.2                                      99.4
2009                                       +9.8                                        135.6
2010                                       +11.9                                      54.5
2011                                       +9.7                                        75.8
2012                                       +11.2                                      179.8
2013                                       +12.5                                      16.7
2014                                       +12.2                                      252.6

2015                                       +13.2                                      67.2

    Snow line at around 1000 meters Sunday morning. Solar Coaster lift on Blackcomb.

    Snow line down to the bottom of Garbanzo chair Sunday.

    Rain on windshield Sunday. Squamish received 32.6 mm at 52 meters, Whistler 9.6 mm at 660M.

    Monday morning, looking like winter in the mountains.

    Lower Franz run at around 11:00 Hours Monday.

    End of an awesome day Monday late afternoon.

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