14 Feb 2016

February 14, 2016


    Happy Valentines Day.

     Moist valley cloud and moist upper level cloud Saturday February 13, 2016.

    Best visibility was amongst the rocks.

    Snow in the alpine was dry.

    Moist below tree line.

    Snowing at the olympic rings yesterday afternoon.

    Wet snow to the village later yesterday afternoon. 16:30 Hours.


Weather Observations for February 14, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 25-40 KPH SSW  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 40-50 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 20-30 KPH ESE   --Rendevous
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 15-40 KPH SSW  --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -1, 9 cm of new snow, 11 cm in 24 hrs, 246 cm Base, RH 93%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -1, 6 cm of new snow,  7 cm in 24  hrs, 189 cm Base, RH 92%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +6.1. 4.3 mm of Precip recorded

   As of 07:45 this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, mild wet Westerly flow continues to push through the area with fluctuating freezing levels. For today we can expect periods of light precipitation with the FL rising to 1600 meters. The bulk of the precipitation from the front is South of our zone for today. Monday will start off in a similar pattern with the precipitation amounts increasing in the afternoon with the bulk of the precipitation coming in the evening. The FL will hover around the 1600 meter range. As of now Tuesday is looking unsettled in the morning as a flat upper level ridge builds in the zone. The FL will drop to around 1200 meters during the day and may go as low as 1000 meters by Tuesday night. For the rest of the week a series of warm pacific frontal bands will move through the area with slightly cooler temperatures. Models are indicating as low as the valley by Friday. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Monday morning above 1400 meters, 20-25 cm by Tuesday morning above 1500 meters.


    Westerly flow with light precipitation for today.

    Most of the moisture is North or South of our zone for today.


    Overcast for Monday with the bulk of the precipitation arriving in the evening.

    Unsettled for Tuesday with some isolated snow flurries.

    More weather for Wednesday into Thursday with slightly cooler temperatures.


ARTICLES:

Off-Piste skier killed in an avalanche in the French Alps: La Tania Ski Resort

Avalanche near Bow Hut in Banff National Park: Alberta

SAFE AS avalanche clinics empower women to explore more and risk less: TheSurfWire

Avalanche Trauma Mortality and Helmet use: UAC Blog

A Survivor opens up about an avalanche that took her Fiance's Life: MountainSledder


    Image from 08:45 Saturday morning. More precipitation on the way.

    Visibility was challenging at times.

    Mid/Lower Mountain creeks are open and running.

    Wet snow just above Creekside yesterday afternoon.

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