3 Feb 2016

February 3, 2016

    An avalanche near Pointy Peak Utah has killed a backcountry skier, story in articles, UAC Pic

    First light on Rainbow, Tuesday January 2, 2016.

    Dark to the Southwest in the morning.

    Bright to the Northwest.

    Bluebird to the East in the afternoon.

    Still some awesome snow around.

    Size 0.5 Sa off Spearhead Peak.

    Great snow up to 30 cm deep.

    Clouds rolled back in during the afternoon.

    Multiple cloud layers.

    Sunset Tuesday evening.

Weather Observations for February 3, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -8, Winds were 30-45 KPH SSE     --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -9, Winds were 15-30 KPH S          --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -8, Winds were 15-20 KPH ESE     --Rendevous
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE       --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -5, 1 cm of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 203 cm Base, RH 90%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -7, trace of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 171 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters     -4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.3. 0 mm of Precip recorded

   As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies, variable visibility and it is snowing lightly.

For the forecast, overcast skies with light snowfall today with the FL staying below 1200 meters in a Southwesterly flow aloft. Winds will pick up by noon.  By this evening we should see moderate snowfall and the FL dropping to 800 meters.  Thursday will also be overcast with light snowfall and the FL hovering around 1200 meters. A more vigorous front moves in for Friday with the FL spiking to 1400 meters in the morning, then dropping to 1000 meters in the evening. Looks like most of the precipitation will occur in the afternoon with some clearing Friday night. A ridge begins to build for Saturday with unsettled conditions and a near surface FL. Unsettled weather over the weekend, Monday is looking unsettled and warm. Guesstimates: 15-20 cm by Thursday morning, 8-12 cm by Friday morning, 24-28 cm by Saturday morning.

    Front pushing onshore this am.

    Light precipitation for Wednesday afternoon.

    Vigorous front for Friday.

    High pressure likely for Sunday into Monday. Warm air moving into the area for Monday.


Missing skier found buried in Summit County: Utah

Zermatt Avalanche Radar: Switzerland

Tragic ending to out-of-bounds snowboarder: Cypress Mountain

Western Montana Avalanche danger hiked to considerable: Missoula

The Selection of Desires: Ying, Yang, and You

More intel on the avalanche that killed a ski tourer in Grand Cret Bowl: France--Jan 30, 2016

10 soldiers missing as avalanche hits Siachen Glacier: Northern India

    Early Tuesday morning.

    Image taken at 14:45

    Wednesday's Front approaching, Fridays developing.

    Some draw from the South, but that should go South of our Zone. Atmospheric river?

    Ipsoot first light yesterday.

    Very thin cloud to the southeast in the morning.

    Point releases as the sun warmed things up.

    Mount Currie sandwich.

    Cornice noses are fragile.

    Later in the afternoon.

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