2 Jan 2016

January 2, 2015

    An avalanche on Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass has killed a hiker. Story below. Net File Pic

    Early morning light January 1, 2016.

    View from Blackcomb on Friday.

    Time for a new surface, Phalnax Ridge.

    Castle Towers , shot taken from Whistler Mountain.

    Sunset, 16:20 January 1, 2016.

Weather Observations for January 2, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      0, Winds were 15-30 KPH E        --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    +1, Winds were 15-35 KPH ESE   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    +5, Winds were 15-25  KPH NNE  --Rendevous
1835 meters    +4, Winds were 10-20 KPH ESE    --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -2, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs 170 cm Base, RH 45%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    +1, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 126 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters   -12, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -5.3. 0 mm of Precip recorded  

    As of 06:30 Hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, the strong upper high will dominate today over Southern BC. A dry warm Easterly flow will bring inverted temperatures to the alpine again today with the freezing level hovering around 2000 meters in the afternoon, dropping to the valley by Sunday morning.  Sunday will also be sunny with the FL rising to about 800 meters in the afternoon. We should see a change by Sunday evening as the low to the South pushes into our zone for Monday with unsettled weather and some light snow fall. The FL on Monday will hover from the valley floor to around 700 meters. By Tuesday a weak warm front will move onshore into Wednesday with some light precipitation and a FL hovering in the 1100 meter range. Still some uncertainty beyond Monday so stay tuned!!

    High pressure sitting over Southern BC.

    Low should edge into the area by late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

    There is a chance some moisture will move into our area for early Monday morning. 0-5 cm

    Some precipitation forecasted for Tuesday, we may see 3-5 cm by Wednesday morning.

ARTICLES & Videos:

Large Avalanches, Cooke City: Montana

How not to Freeride: Vimeo

Klondike Highway still shut from Avalanche Hazard: Alaska

Seattle man killed in an avalanche while hiking on Granite Mountain: Snoqualmie Pass, Wash

    Satellite image from Friday morning. Strong High Pressure.

    Loose snow avalanche from Thursday Dec 31, 2015.

    Just a bit of rimeing.

    Time for a reset--Back side of Flute.

    Making cord.

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