26 May 2017

May 26, 2017


    Tantalus Range, image taken on May 22, 2017.                                              Bob Plummer Image          
    Snow cat push on Jersey Cream Wall.  

    Slide Path 51, post control from early May.                                                        Jeff Van Dreil Image

    Past Week:

    May 22, 2017 the alpine remained closed, for Gaper day.

    Corn snow on Monday May 22, 2017 was awesome at 09:30 Hrs. Last day of the 2016/17 Season.

    Alpha Lake, summer weather Monday May 22, 2017. Max temp was 28.9 Deg Celsius.

    Awesome cloud formations Tuesday May 23, 2017.

    Pre cold front clouds on Tuesday. Max Temp in the valley was +23.4.

    Unsettled with cloudy skies on Wednesday May 24, 2017. Trace of rain recorded at 660 meters.

    Broken by the end of the day on Wednesday. Max temp in the valley was +16.8.

    Sunrise was at 05:13 Hrs on Thursday May 25, 2017.

    Unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud Thursday. Max temp in the valley was +23.4.

    Later Thursday afternoon.

    That's a big raven. Life expectancy of a raven is 10-15 Years.

Weather Observations for May 26, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     +5, Winds were 5-10 KPH NW--Horstman Hut 
1860 meters     +5, Winds were 5-10 KPH E    --Rendevous
1550 meters     +5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 195 cm Base, RH 68%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters     +5, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +23.4, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

   Image from 06:45 Hrs this am.


An upper ridge will continue to bring warm sunny weather into at least Tuesday. A Northerly flow aloft will bring light winds and a FL reaching 3200 + meters today. Warmer temperatures can be expected Saturday thru Monday. The ridge will begin to migrate Eastward on Tuesday with an upper trough expected to push into the area Tuesday night into Wednesday. Models are in a disagreement on precipitation amounts so on the fence for now, it could be relatively dry but only time will tell. Hoping to post on most Friday's through out the summer but will depend on my location and internet abilities.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    High pressure strengthens into Monday.

    Low well off to the East today.

    Nice and warm on Saturday.

    Warmer on Sunday.

    Low out of the Gulf of Alaska will send a weak upper trough into the area Tuesday evening.

    Still looks relatively nice on Tuesday.

    Weak system for Wednesday.


Kurt Werby
May 24 at 4:26pm
On Ptarmigan Ridge at Mt Baker on Sunday. Snow was firm in the am but not frozen and by mid day was isothermal.

    Monday May 22, 2017.

    Monday May 22, 2017 later in the day.

    Snow melt filling up the reservoirs.

    Jump Pool Base 2.

    Ravenous Raven.

    Road up Pika's Traverse.


Ice Call--Sam Favert: Mer de Glace

Rock Slide and Avalanche in Colorado: Naked Lady Couloir

Home for Dinner: Stan Rey

South American Ski Season: Looking good


Avalanche near Chateau Lake Louise captured on camera: CBC News

Avalanche Science Scholarships: Colorado Mountain College

Even well into May, North Shore snow pack making for treacherous hiking conditions: NSR

Snowmobilers rescued from crevasse on Mount Baker: Washington State

Alpine Safety on the agenda in Christchurch: NZ Mountain Safety Council

Avalanche Safety Tips: National Geographic

Ski Patrol-A Real Job: D'Arcy McLeish

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