14 Feb 2017

February 14, 2017


    Search confirmed only 4 fatalities in Tignes avalanche, story below.               Tom Finnigan Image

    Wet loose avalanches on Wedge Monday.                                                   Bridget Mcclarty Image

    Lakeside bowl closed yesterday, once it became active wet loose avalanche across the traverse.

    WB patrol did some cornice work on Monday, be wary of debris in some of the bowls.


    Early morning light on Whistler-- Monday February 13, 2017.

    East facing slopes.

    Mount Weart.

    Monday morning.

    Overlord Glacier.

    Mid day Monday, looks like some good precipitation on its way.

    Nice snow on North facing slopes in the morning.

    Yesterday saw exactly 10 hours of daylight. Sunrise 07:26-Sunset 17:26. We are gaining 4 min/day

Weather Observations for February 14, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -1, Winds were 50-70 KPH SE--Horstman Hut 
2180 meters     0, Winds were 45-60 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters   +2, Winds were 15-40 KPH S  --Rendevous
1835 meters   +3, Winds were 20-40 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1650 meters   +3, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 254 cm Base, RH 50%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters   +1, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 187 cm Base, RH 54%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +7.1, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

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


The upper level ridge will begin to shift East today allowing clouds to move in to the area in a Southwesterly flow. The first of a series of fronts will arrive tonight with wet warm windy conditions into Wednesday. The Fl should drop to about 1600 meters this evening with the arrival of the strong moist SW flow. Still some guessing in the FL for Wednesday but hopefully the day starts with the FL around 1600 meters slowly rising throughout the day to a high of 2200 meters, dropping again to 1600 meters by Thursday morning.  A cooler front will arrive for Thursday with light/moderate precipitation, with the FL dropping to just above surface by the evening. A broad upper trough will move in for Friday into Monday with unsettled weather, cloudy at times but with some breaks and a fluctuating FL. Values will be as high as 1000m and as low as surface. Guesstimates: 15-20 cm above 1500 meters by Wednesday morning, 30-50 mm of rain by Thursday morning, 15-20 cm by Friday morning, 4-6 cm by Saturday morning.

    Clouds will develop ahead of the frontal band.

   High pressure will slide East today with the first front arriving tonight.

    Front is heading our way!!

   A bit of a Pineapple Express on its way, Wednesday.

    Low will be over us Thursday, with cooler temperatures.


   Happy Valentines day.


February 13 at 7:15pm

For you weather geeks out there. Conrad Anker posted this amazing interactive weather app. Thought there would be a few people interested to see this. 


   Blue Bird for most of the day except for a few distant high clouds.

   Fairly new cornice drop with a small slab release, on lower disease ridge..

   Debris from a roof avalanche.

   Cool light at days end.


Four killed in Tignes Avalanche: France

Critical Avalanche Situation in large parts of the Alps: WePowder

8 People trapped in their cars as an avalanche buries the road: Kyrgyzstan

Skiers fined for skiing in closed area while avalanche control being performed: Crystal Mountain

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