2 Dec 2015

December 2, 2015

  An avalanche at the French resort of Tignes has claimed a British man, story below-Net pic.

    Large ice cave, big hazard at the bottom of Blackcomb Glacier.                            Joe Hertz Image

    New snow made a difference in the snow surface Tuesday morning, Dec 1, 2015. 3 cm at 1650M.

    Some nice light later in the morning Tuesday.

    Moist stratus cloud layer eventually began to lift.

    Depending on your elevation there were times of difficult visibility.

    Darkish at 16:30 hours Tuesday.

    Overcast for most of the day.

   Big picture on Tuesday.

Weather Observations for December 2, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -5 Winds were 30-40 KPH S            --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters       -2, Winds were 15-35 KPH NE         --Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -3, Winds were 15-30 KPH SE         --Rendevous
1835 meters       -2, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE         --Roundhouse
1650 meters       -1, 7 cm of new, 10 cm in 24 Hrs, 87 cm Base, Relative Humidity 94%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters       -1,56 cm of new, 54 cm Base  --Catskinner 
  660 meters       +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1. 4.0 mm of price in 24 hours.

   As of 07:00 Hrs we have broken skies and unlimited visibility.

With the high finally pushed out of the region expect to see avalanche closures where there are temporary boundaries in the upcoming week. Remember that entering avalanche closures results in loosing your riding privileges.  To access the park when there are avalanche closures on Blackcomb you can access the park from the bottom of 7 Th Heaven chair and skin up into Lower Disease Ridge. Singing Pass trail is another alternate route.

For the forecast, a brief unsettled period for Wednesday morning with a warm front pushing onto the coast by this afternoon. Freezing level is expected to rise to 1600 meters by this evening, and slowly come back down around 1000 meters Thursday evening as a trailing cold front moves through. Looks like tomorrow will be a storm skiing day. We can expect a parade of low pressure systems with an active pattern to continue into early next week. Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Thursday morning.

   Next front off the coast, Majority of the precip went SE.

    Today into Thursday.

    Friday into Saturday looks juicy.


British skier dies in Alps Avalanche: Tignes, France

ACMG Conditions report-Spearhead Area: Dave Sarkany

El Nino to bring heavy rains, snow to draught stricken California: NewAmericaMedia

El Nino warming causes coral damage in the Central Pacific: ScienceDaily

    Moon was briefly out Tuesday morning.

    Stratus layer moved into the valley yesterday morning.

    This sign line at the top of JC may have an avalanche closure on it in the next few days.

    Snow flurries later in the day.

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