10 Oct 2016

October 10, 2016

    Horstman Glacier Sunday                                                                                    Jeff Van Driel Pic

    Friday morning, October 7, 2016.

    Friday morning.

    Friday afternoon.

    A brief glimpse of the lowering snow line on Friday. 14.9 mm recorded at 660 M.

    Saturday October 8, 2016--Snowing, -1 at 1835 meters.

    Satellite image Saturday morning.

    Snow down to the valley Saturday afternoon. 29.6 mm recorded at 660 meters Saturday.

    Big picture Saturday afternoon. First major storm of the fall--44.5 mm recorded at 660 M Fri-Sat.

    Sunday morning October 9, 2016. -2 at 07:00 Hrs.

    Snow drifts on Whistler Peak--Likely some slab formation on upper lee slopes.

    Sunday morning, good image of the atmospheric river South of BC.

    Armchair Sunday.

Weather Observations for October 10, 2016: taken at 07:00 Hours.

2180 meters    -8, Winds were 25-50 KPH SW--Whistler Peak
1835 meters    -5, Winds were   5-20 KPH SE --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -4, RH 78%  0.0 mm of rain      --Pig Alley
  660 meters   +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +9.7,  0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.

    Looking a lot like winter. Southerly flow this morning shifting later to Northerly.

For the forecast, a trough to our South is still pushing some cloud into our zone this morning but a high pressure aloft in a Northerly flow will bring cool sunny weather for later this morning, into Wednesday. We will likely see some cloud by Wednesday late in the day as the first frontal band moves onshore. A deep low out of the Gulf of Alaska will slowly move South sending a series of frontal bands our way into the weekend. We can expect a series of wet cool fronts with windy conditions Thursday into Sunday. The freezing level will drop Monday as a short lived arctic outbreak pushes just East of Whistler, than rise to around 2500 meters on Wednesday than drop back down to about 1800 meters Thursday through Saturday. Feels like an early winter is a good possibility.

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    Lingering cloud this morning should dissipate.

    Looking like a nice day.

    Flow for this week, looks like more snow in the mountains by the end of the week!!

    Nice until Wednesday

    First frontal band on Thursday.

    Cool wet frontal bands over the weekend with strong winds.

    Northwesterly flow for the weekend.


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First intel of the season from Jeff Van Driel:

30-45 cms on Horstman Glacier at 2100 M with a 1 cm breakable surface crust. Unconsolidated stellars below. Loose solar size 1 and a couple of slab avalanches up to size 2 in steep lee slopes around the Horstman glacier.

    35 cm on Horstman Glacier                                                                                     Jeff Van Driel Pic

                                                                                                                               Jeff Van Driel Pic

                     Avalanche Activity                                                         Jeff Van Driel Pic

    Looking like winter                                                                                                  Jeff Van Driel Pic

    Sucker hole Friday, late in the afternoon, prior to a more vigorous front arriving early Saturday.

    Looks like winter has arrived early.

    Saturday afternoon--2.0 Km from Function Junction.

    Snow accumulation at 680 meters Saturday afternoon.

    Sunday morning--Pemberton Valley. 43.7 mm of rain recorded Friday-Saturday at the airport.

    Pretty impressive for October 9, 2016.

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