31 Dec 2015

December 31, 2015

    Just before sunrise Wednesday December 30, 2015.

    Rainbow Mountain first light.

    Whistler Mountain from a distance.

    Blackcomb from a different distance!

    Some snowballing on solar aspects.

    Surface Hoar in protected areas is growing.

    Alpin glow Mount Currie Wednesday evening.

Weather Observations for December 31, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 5-10 KPH S         --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -2, Winds were 0-10 KPH NW      --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -1, Winds were 5-10  KPH SSW   --Rendevous
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 5-10 KPH SE       --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -6, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hours 174 cm Base, RH 80%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 132 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters   -11, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -4.9. 0 mm of precipitation recorded

For the forecast, high pressure aloft will continue into the weekend in a Northerly Flow. Strong temperature inversion will be evident today with the FL rising to 2000 meters by tonight. New models suggest that the FL will not go as high as originally forecasted, but top out at around 2500 meters by tomorrow. The low to the South seems to be on track to move into our zone by early Monday morning, with some very light precipitation and warmish temperatures. More on that over the weekend. Enjoy the sun and put on the sun screen!!

    As of 07:00 hours we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.


This is what Ski Patroller's Live For: KimKircherBlog

CFD Simulation of Avalanches and other snow flows: ANSYS Blog

How to choose Avalanche Safety Gear: Backcountry.com

Experts' Tips in packing for a Backcountry Day Trip: Ski Utah


    Encountered some fairly strong winds yesterday.


    Lesser Ring Mountain.

    Lots of sled skiers\boarders in the backcountry.

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