27 Mar 2016

March 27, 2016

    An avalanche in Kashmir has claimed two lives, story in article section.                             Net Pic

    High cirrus cloud in the morning gave way to the very strong sun later in the morning. March 26Th

    Clouds around in the morning but some blue sky as well.

    Looking like spring in the valley.

    In the morning.

    More cloud as the day progressed.

    Fairly cloudy by the mid afternoon.

    Just before sunset, which was at 19:34 Hours.

Weather Observations for March 27, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH S       --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 30-35 KPH SSW --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 15-20 KPH SSE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -3, Winds were 15-30 KPH SSW --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -1, 6 cm of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hrs, 328 cm Base, RH 97%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -2, 7 cm of new snow, 7 cm in 24 hrs, 251 cm Base, RH 100%  --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +11.5. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies, unlimited visibility and snowing very lightly.

For the forecast, an upper level trough will move through the zone today in a Northwesterly flow aloft with showery weather. The FL will fluctuate from a high of around 1400 meters descending to near the surface by Sunday night. A strong upper level ridge will bring sunny skies to the area Monday with no real change into next weekend. The temperatures in the alpine will slowly rise through the week with the FL reaching 3000+ meters by the end of the week.  Guesstimates: 4-6 cm for Monday morning.

    Weak front is moving well East of our zone this morning.

    Cool showery weather for today as an upper level trough moves through.

    Upper level ridge builds on Monday with a dry Northerly Flow.

    Ridge strengthens Tuesday.

      Blocking pattern for a while!!

    May see some cloud by Friday night into Saturday, much can happen between now and then.


Two people have been killed in an avalanche in Northern India: Tanghdar, Kashmir

Skier Triggered Storm Slab Footage: CAIC

Eavesdropping before the snow drops: Colorado

Two more bodies recovered from the Chitral Avalanche: Afghanistan

    It was a nice morning.

    Fissile Saturday morning.

    North aspects were skiing well on Saturday.

Pemberton SAR responded to yet another snowmobile mishap Friday afternoon in the general area of the Appa Glacier, near Petersen Peak. The subject was doing a turn around and went too far out on a cornice and it collapsed. They went over the cliff with the snowmobile and a large slab was subsequently triggered. The slide entrained massive amounts of snow scrubbing down to glacial ice in spots, we are calling it  a size 3.5. The snowmobile was nowhere to be found. Subject sustained a chest injury but was able to walk into the helicopter. Hoping to get the word out that the cornices out there need to be treated with a healthy dose of respect right now and are capable of triggering large avalanches.


Martin Buchheim

     Petersen Peak, cornice triggered Sz 3.5                                                                                            Jeff Van Driel Photo

                      Large cornice triggered slide                                            Cail Low Photo

    Nice snow on disease ridge for the past few days.

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