20 Jan 2016

January 20, 2016

    An avalanche on Pyramid Peak, WY has killed a 30 YO boarder, story below. Bradley Buner Pic

    NE face Mount Barber, Pemberton Zone 40 cm crown, Sa(skier accidental) Yest. Shin Campos Pic

    Early yesterday morning, 20 cm of dry powder snow.

    Low density snow over cord.

    Good visibility in the morning as well.

    The folks that did show up were having an awesome day.

    Avalanche control did produce some size 1 soft slabs.

    A mix of sun and cloud in the morning.

    Cloudier in the afternoon.

    Sunset January 19, 2016.

Weather Observations for January 20, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -9, Winds were 20-30 KPH SSE   --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -8, Winds were 20-35 KPH S        --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -7, Winds were 10-20 KPH E        --Rendevous
1835 meters    -5, Winds were 20-35 KPH SSW   --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -5, 0 cm of new snow, 2 cm in 24 hrs, 209 cm Base, RH 92%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -6, 0 cm of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 160 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.5. 2.9 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am at 1835 meters we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, a weak upper ridge will bring dry unsettled conditions to the area today in a Northwesterly flow aloft (early this am). The stratus layer will likely obscure the valley from any sunshine, it may dissipate with the sun later in the day. This morning we should see an increase in cloud as a strong moist warm front pushes onshore in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The front will bring strong winds and heavy precipitation to the area into Thursday night, with the freezing level starting at around 800 meters possibly reaching as high as 2000 + meters before it moves out of our zone. A cold front will arrive early Friday morning with moderate precipitation and a descending FL which should drop to around 1400 meters by the afternoon.  A weak upper trough will bring unsettled conditions to the area over the weekend with the FL dropping to around surface by Saturday morning, then hovering around 800 meters by Saturday afternoon. Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Thursday morning, 20-35 cm above 1800 meters by Saturday morning, 10-15 cm for Saturday morning. When the FL peaks Thursday evening we may see a deluge of rain, 40-60 mm in the valley.

    Mostly sunny today with some cloud, front looks like it is heading straight at us.

    Front arrives tonight with a plume of moisture following it.

    Cold front for Friday as the low moves South.

Unsettled for Saturday as a weak upper trough moves through the area.

    Sunday will also be unsettled.


Deadly avalanche on Pyramid Peak: Jackson Hole

Four Skiers rescued after avalanche near Lake Louise: Alberta, Canada

Avalanche buries Ski Patroller at Powder Mountain Resort: Utah

Skier caught in Hagerman Pass slide: Colorado

Experts urge snowmobile safety during avalanche season: Montana

The worst avalanches to hit the French Alps: TheLocal

Arc'teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbag Backpack: The GearCaster

    Early Tuesday morning.

    Big picture taken around noon, yesterday.

    The low looks like it will be dragging some warm moisture from the Pineapple state.

    Early Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016.

    2-6 mm plate stellars, very low density snow.

    Looking into the park yesterday morning.

    Whistler Peak in the afternoon.

    Some of the stratus layer lifted by the afternoon.

    Castle Towers.

    Hope its engineered for a heavy snow load.

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