4 Dec 2015

December 4, 2015

    Story about survival of an avalanche burial in Alaska in articles below.             EARAC Photo

    Wet in the Wizard Zone yesterday morning.

    35 cm of snow at 1870 meters Thursday December 3, 2015 08:00 Hours.

    It snowed hard above 1600 meters most of the day.

    Railing at the rendezvous Thursday morning.

     Pay attention to these signs!!

    Image from mid day on Thursday.

    Big picture from Thursday.



Weather Observations for December 4, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -6, Winds were 35-45 KPH S         --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters       -6, Winds were 40-55 KPH ENE    --Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -5, Winds were 20-30 KPH E         --Rendevous
1835 meters       -2, Winds were ? KPH S                --Roundhouse
1650 meters       -3, 6 cm of new, 10 cm in 24 Hrs, 89 cm Base, Relative Humidity 96%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters       -2, 5 cm of new, 60 cm Base  --Catskinner 
  660 meters      +3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.5. 37.9 mm of precip yesterday.

Maximum gust at 2240 meters yesterday was 140 KPH at 16:00 Hours. Wet loose size 1 Sc Sa Na yesterday from 40-60 cm deep running between 1800-1900 meters.

   As of 07:00 Hours this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, today will be cooler with some light snow flurries as a weak trough pushes through our area in a Southwest flow aloft bringing unsettled conditions. The freezing level will hopefully cooperate and hover around 1000 meters. Another intense frontal wave passes through on Saturday with a fairly decent looking freezing level. With the Southerly flow only time will tell. Westerly would be nice! Some models are suggesting a 1200-1400 meter Fl and others much higher. Guesstimates: 2-4 cm by Saturday morning, 30-40 cm by Sunday morning above 1500 meters. A series of frontal waves continues to move onshore until at least Thursday. The Euro and GFS models are in agreement for cooler and less precipitation the NAM is warmer with more precipitation in the next 3 days..


    Upper level trough moving through today. Flurries are possible, looks to be a nice day.

    Clear breaks this morning, likely getting cloudier later today.



     Cooler today.


    A bit warmer on Saturday.


    Looking good Monday into Wednesday. Carousel of fronts moving through.



Video Friday:

Good Reminder for Sledders: Honey Badger VS Avalanche

Alaska DOT using a Howitzer: RoadControl

Sometimes its best to just stay home: Bumper Cars

Avalanche Santa-December 2015: AvalancheGuys



Articles:

El Nino 1983--Lake Tahoe Area: Archived News Paper Article

Trapped--Fairbanks man claws himself out of Avalanche: Summit Lake, AK

Ophir Avalanche  draws attention to Snow Safety: Telluride, CO

What El Nino may mean for your Ski Vacation: Its Not All Bad


    08:00 Hours Thursday December 3, 2015.

    Very moist snow at 1550 meters Thursday morning.

    Snow means lots of work!! But who cares its snowing in the alpine!!

   Avalanche closures are in effect. Read the signs. Loss of skiing privileges is bad news.

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