16 Jan 2017

January 16, 2017


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    A hiker has died in an avalanche in the French Pyrenees, story in article section.          Net Pic

    No local avalanche activity to report, some Na (natural) reported South aspects Sz 1-1.5 --North




    YESTERDAY:

    Pre sunrise Sunday January 15, 2017.

    Nice colour at surise which was at 8:05 Hrs.

    Awesome early morning light.

    Julia from Extremely Canadian guiding on Sunday.

    Really, placing coins in the ice cave :(

    Sunday morning.

    Sunday afternoon-- big picture, the low is gaining some momentum!!!


    Ace MacKay Smith rocking the Glacier Creek Deck.

    Even T-Rex was in on the action!!

    End to another amazing day in the mountains.


Weather Observations for January 16, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -3, Winds were 30-45 KPH S     --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -4, Winds were 45-65 KPH S     --Whistler Peak
1860 meters   -1, Winds were 25-30 KPH SSE--Rendevous
1835 meters   -1, Winds were 15-50 KPH SSE--Roundhouse
1650 meters   -1, Trace of new snow, trace in 24 hrs, 177 cm Base, RH 95%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters   -1, Trace of new snow, trace in 24 hrs,   98 cm Base, RH 95%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters   -3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.2, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

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



FORECAST:

A cold front has finally reached shore with overcast conditions and very light snowfall in a Westerly Flow Aloft. Clouds will thicken through the day with the brunt of the snow fall occuring later in the day and into tonight with the arrival of a warm front. The FL will start at around 1000 meters and slowly rise to around 1300 meters tonight. Tuesday will be warmer with the FL hovering around 1500 meters with periods of heavy snow fall and strong winds in a Southwesterly flow. Wednesday will be similar with a slight rise in the FL (1900 m) :(, with warm wet windy conditions. The FL begins to slowly drop for Thursday into Friday with light steady snow. Bring it on. Still unsure of the amounts due to where the Jet Stream will eventually sit. Directly over us would be the scenario with the most precipitation in the form of an atmospheric river. It may shift South or North for some good dumpage. Guesstimates: 25-40 cm by Tuesday morning, 35-50 cm by Wednesday morning, 30-45 cm for Thursday morning, 15-20 cm by Friday morning. Subject to change daily, but it looks like we are in for a West Coast Storm Cycle!!!



    IR image from this am.

    Monday into Tuesday.

    Wednesday.

   Upper trough for Thursday into Friday.

    Friday into Saturday could be snowy.



ARTICLES:

Hiker dies in an avalanche in the Pyrenees: France

La Nina/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion: NOAA

Austria warns of extreme avalanche danger: Highest Level

Learning the backcountry ropes with Mountain Rescue Aspen: Aspen Times




    OBSERVATIONS & INFORMATION:

    Cloudy for about 2 hours in the morning.

    Mostly blue for most of the day.

    A few people around Sunday afternoon.

    Wait a few hours and you would never know they were there.

    Oh, there they are!!

    Preping for the Sunday Show!!

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