11 Jan 2016

January 11, 2016

   Another awesome day in the mountains, Sunday January 10, 2016.

    Lots of traffic in the backcountry.

    East Col Blackcomb Glacier.

    Still some nice quality turns on surface hoar.

    Surface hoar is widespread on all aspects, even developing on old skin tracks.

    Will be interesting too see how it reacts with the new surface arrival.

    Surface hoar makes for great images.

    Just after sunset Sunday evening.

Weather Observations for January 11, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -5, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSE   --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -7, Winds were 25-30 KPH S        --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -4, Winds were 15-25  KPH ENE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     0, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE      --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 164 cm Base, RH 80%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -3, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 120 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters  -12, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -2.2. 0 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hours Monday January 11, 2016 we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, we should see some cloud move into the area with unsettled weather later this morning prior to a weak front moving into the area from the Southwest. The freezing level should hover around 1200 meters today (inversion this morning) rising to 1500 meters as a warm front moves through the area Tuesday. At this time Wednesday will likely see a weak cold front and upper trough push through with unsettled weather. A very weak ridge of high pressure will influence the area for Thursday into Friday with the FL just above and down to the surface with a mix of sun and cloud. Stronger frontal bands will move through our zone Friday evening through next weekend. Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Tuesday morning, 10-15 cm by Wednesday morning.

    High pressure is shifting allowing front onto the coast.

    Cold front arriving this evening.

    We will see more cloud this morning as the front moves onshore.

    Overcast by this afternoon.

    Another front Tuesday.

    Unsettled on Wednesday as the front moves Eastward.


Using a wind tunnel to analyse wind crusts: SLF

Last weeks Backcountry news--Jan 4-10, 2016: AMountainJourney

Depth Hoar issue in Montana: GNFAC

    Nice and clear yesterday with some very light cirrus cloud later in the day.
    Moisture heading our way. Yesterdays big picture.

    Extremely Canadian AST course.

    Everyone was enjoying the nice temperatures.

    Skin tracks everywhere.

    Wolverine track South buttress of Decker. Glad they do not like to eat us. Gnarly route.

    Large surface hoar formation around rocks!!

   Table Top Mountain, Garibaldi Provincial park.

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