17 Mar 2017

March 17, 2017


   11 Year old boy missing after an avalanche in Nepal.Story in article section.                     Net Pic

    Locally avalanche control produced Sz 1-1.5 soft slabs 10-20 cm. Some cornice control as well.


    Early Thursday morning--March 16, 2017.

    Unsettled in the morning for a brief while.

    Nice turns to be had on the lower mountain.

    Sun and snow in the am.

    Thursday morning

    Skiing by the blow hole.

    Lots of wind features.

    Big picture as of Thursday afternoon.

    Snowing at 1860 meters Thursday afternoon.

    Snowing in the valley at 17:00 Hrs yesterday.

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

2240 meters      -8, Winds were 15-40 KPH SE  --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters      -8, Winds were 40-55 KPH S     --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -7, Winds were 15-30 KPH ESE--Rendevous
1835 meters      -6, Winds were 20-35 KPH SE   --Roundhouse
1650 meters      -5, 6 cm of new snow, 10 cm in 24 hrs, 302 cm Base, RH 86%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      -5, 3 cm of new snow,   7 cm in 24 hrs, 218 cm Base, RH 86 %  --Catskinner 
  660 meters      -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +3.0, 5.6 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 hrs we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


A weak front in a Southwest flow aloft will bring mostly overcast skies and very light snowfall for most of the day. A surface low will push through this evening with moderate snowfall expected with the FL hovering in the 1000 meter range. The front will continue into Saturday with light snowfall and the FL rising to 1400 meters in the morning then dropping to surface by Saturday night. A weak ridge of high pressure will bring unsettled weather for Sunday and Monday. Tuesday an upper level trough will develop with a series of weak fronts moving through the zone into later in the week.
Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Saturday morning, 10-15 cm by Sunday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Weak frontal band for today.

    Weak front for Saturday.

    Weak high pressure for Sunday into Monday.


    Sun through the thin snow clouds.

    Dust on Crust.

    Lots of wind transport in the past 2 days.

    Not many mushrooms left after last weeks weather.

    Snowing in the valley.


My 5 rules: Greg Hill

Like being in an avalanche: Amtrak Train

Moose on the Loose: Breckenridge

7 Terrain tricks for backcountry skiing: Greg Hill


Avalanche Danger hinders Alberta recovery efforts of Boston Snowshoers: Lake Louise

One missing, one injured in Dolpa avalanche: Nepal

Two Italian tourists in Lyngen avalanche: Norway

Moose killed after it charged a ski lift: Alyeska, AK

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