5 Jan 2016

January 5, 2016

    An avalanche in Sarvabad, Iran has killed a soldier; story below.                                      Net Pic

    07:30 Hours Monday January 4, 2016.

    Some great looking sky yesterday morning.

    An awesome morning.

    Stratus layer moved in from the North and lifted bringing some convective flurries later in the am.

    Power flurry at Noon, lift lines were hard to handle!!

    More power flurries later in the day.

    After sunset Monday evening.

    Size 1.5 Sr NW aspect leaving Spearhead Glacier Sunday.                            Jake Breuer Image

    A different perspective of the same avalanche.                                                   Jake Breuer Image

Weather Observations for January 5, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -6, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -6, Winds were 25-30 KPH S       --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -5, Winds were 15-25  KPH E      --Rendevous
1835 meters    -4, Winds were 15-25 KPH ESE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -7, 2 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hrs, 167 cm Base, RH 96%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -7, 2 cm of new snow, 4 cm in 24 hrs, 124 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -5.0. 0 mm of Precip recorded

   As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies & variable visibility.

For the forecast, a weak front will move through the area into  Wednesday afternoon with overcast skies and light snowfall in an Easterly offshore flow. By Wednesday evening we should see unsettled weather with some cloud spinning off the low. Thursday, we should see the ridge begin to rebuild with sunny skies expected for Friday. The freezing level will rise to around 900 meters this evening and continue to slowly climb to around 1200 meters by Wednesday afternoon. From Thursday on it should hover around 800 meters as a high and surface during the evenings. Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Wednesday morning.

    Low will give us overcast skies and light snowfall.

    The two lows will affect our zone today.

    Low moves Northeast spilling some moist clouds into our zone.

    Unsettled for Wednesday.

    Another image for Wednesday.

    High pressure sets up for drier weather, low will still spill some cloud into the area.

    High pressure for Friday into the weekend.


Massive avalanche kills a soldier in Sarvabad: Iran

Update on avalanche in Chamonix: Pistehors.com

Snow ends drought for Swiss Ski Resorts: Switzerland

Many hikers unprepared for winter conditions: Washington State Rangers

The Science of Avalanches: ScienceNews

California Braces for a series of El Nino Storms: Dry for our zone

    Satellite image yesterday morning.

    Big picture yesterday afternoon.

    Power flurries at lunch, January 4, 2016.

    December snow profile from Catskinner weather plot.

    A recent profile.

    Sun Snow Flurries.

    Monday was an unsettled day.

    Large Surface Hoar, Sunday- Hope Creek Area, 1 mm in Thickness.                Cam Browne Photo

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