5 Feb 2016

February 5, 2016

    Avalanche in Northern India has killed 10 soldiers, story below.                                          Net Pic

    07:30 Thursday February 4, 2016--Amazing what 12 cm of new will do!!

    Snowing very lightly at 1100 meters yesterday morning. Trace was recorded at 1550 M at 14:00 Hr

     It did get dry and we had some decent light in the morning.

    The 12 cm's was skiing well.

    Visibility in the alpine was challenging at times.

    Snowing lightly near the end of the day. Started at around 15:00 Hours.

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

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 55-85 KPH SSE     --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 40-65 KPH SSW    --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 40-60 KPH ESE     --Rendevous
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 15-45 KPH SE       --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -1, trace of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 208 cm Base, RH 85%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      0, 2 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hrs, 178 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters     +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.8. 1.4 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies, variable visibility and it is snowing less than 1 cm/hr.

For the forecast, a warm front will move through this morning, followed by a more vigorous cold front in the afternoon. The freezing level will hopefully hover around 1500 meters this morning and slowly descend to 800 meters by this evening with the passing of the front. We will be in a Southwesterly flow in the morning changing to Westerly as the cold front moves in, later in the evening/early morning the flow is forecasted to switch to Northwesterly. Saturday will bring an unsettled day with a mix of sun, cloud and morning flurries with very weak ridging. Sunday will also be unsettled with the chance of a short lived weak front brushing the area in the afternoon, unsettled again later in the afternoon with warm air associated with the ridging. The FL could go as high as the local peaks Sunday night into Monday morning. The ridge will strengthen for Monday into Tuesday with warm temperatures and scattered cloud. Another front will move onshore for Wednesday.  Guesstimates: 20-30 cm by Saturday morning--We may get up to 40 +, depends on the flow!!

    Looking good!!!!!

 Early Friday morning.

    Friday afternoon.

     Cools down Saturday with unsettled conditions.

    A weak warm front may clip our zone on Sunday afternoon.


Caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling, Jan 23, 2016: Buried

Snowboarder towed by Aerones Drone: You Tube

Hero to Zero: Matt Potratz Story

Mini van crushed by roof avalanche: Russia

Skier caught in Sz 1 in bounds avalanche: Mammoth CA


Soldiers in Siachen area confirmed dead: Northern India

Dual concern after deadly avalanche near McBride: CFJC Today

Being prepared for avalanches no replacement for avoidance: Avalanche Canada

Concerns mount over Brohm Ridge Ski Hill proposal: Squamish

Weather controls the avalanche hazard: Jackson Hole News

   Just before noon on Thursday, a few brief breaks.

    Some nice looking clouds heading our way, big picture yesterday just before noon.

    There was even a bit of blue briefly mid-day.

    Thick valley cloud.

    Some plate stellar on the surface.

   There was some challenging light in the afternoon.

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