16 Mar 2016

March 16, 2016

    An avalanche has claimed the life of a Snowmobiler on Mount Mackie, B.C. story below, Net Pic

    Two sledders have been killed in an avalanche near Blue River, story below; Rocky Mtn Goat Pic

    Above the mid mountain cloud layer early Tuesday March 15, 2016.

    Power flurries in the morning and through out the day.

    Flute, early light Tuesday.

    Dry snow, skiing well Tuesday morning.

    Someone fell off Faller's Rock, luckily only hurt his ankle. Know where you are, falls can kill.

    Lots of green amongst the fresh snow.

    Someone had some nice turns on Cowboy Ridge.

    At times the visibility mid mountain was challenging in the afternoon.

    Below the cloud layer on sweep at 17:00 hours.

Weather Observations for March 16, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -10, Winds were 10-20 KPH S       --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -8, Winds were 10-15 KPH SSW --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -9, Winds were   0-10 KPH SE    --Rendevous
1835 meters     -8, Winds were   0-10 KPH SSW --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -8, 0 cm of new snow, 2 cm in 24 hrs, 361 cm Base, RH 97%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -6, trace of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 283 cm Base, RH 92%    --Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +6.4. 0.2 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, the upper level ridge has started building offshore so we should see unsettled conditions this morning, with sunny breaks later this afternoon in a Northwesterly flow aloft. The FL will likely rise to around 1200 meters in the afternoon dropping to near surface by the evening. Thursday will see the ridge strengthen with mostly sunny skies and a FL rising to around 1400 meters. On Friday the ridge begins to weaken as a very weak, dry, warm frontal band moves onshore for Friday evening, during the daylight hours we will see unsettled conditions. The FL is forecasted to rise to 1900 meters with an onshore flow. A weak upper level trough is slated for Saturday into Sunday with unsettled conditions and warm temperatures, more on that later in the week.

    Unsettled in the morning, sunnier in the afternoon.

    Ridge strengthens for Thursday.

    Friday may see some cloud in the morning, weak front approaching for Friday night.

    Warm Pacific front arrives Sunday night into Monday in a Southwesterly flow.


Snowmobiler dies in an avalanche near Castlegar, B.C. : Mount Mackie

Two Alberta men killed in an avalanche near Blue River, B.C.: Global News

Ten Commonly used avalanche terms: Whistler Question

Bikini Cut or Straight-Climbing Skin Shape: Backcountry.com

Risk of avalanche affects workers too: Speaking of Safety

Snowboarder injured colliding with cornice debris in Whistler Bowl: Whistler Question

Women dies in a tree well on Blackcomb Mountain Tuesday March 15, 2016: VannCityBuzz

    09;45 Hours Tuesday morning.Unsettled but mostly cloudy.

    12:15 Tuesday afternoon, still cloudy with flurries in the mountains.

    12:00 Tuesday, lets hope that High Pressure stays off California.

    Snow off the beaten path has been awesome for the past week.

    Dry stellars again today with the occasional graupel flurry in the afternoon.

    Lost lake Tuesday afternoon.

    Green Lake is breaking up.

    Alta Lake is breaking up as well.

    Nice light Tuesday afternoon.

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