11 Dec 2017

December 11, 2017


    Locally, no new avalanche activity observed.

    An ice climber has died in an avalanche in Austria. Story in article section.


    Very grey day on Sunday, some improvement later in  the day.

    Valley cloud dissipated on Sunday, Max valley temperature on Sunday was +2.3 Deg C.

    Pyroclastic Peak and Mount Cayley.

    Lots of ice formations in the mountains.

    Later in the day there was some nice light to the South.

Weather Observations for December 11, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters    +7, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1835 meters  +10, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1660 meters    +4, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs  Base 137 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters     -3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.3, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:15 Hrs this am we have scattered cloud & unlimited visibility.  Sunrise is at 08:01 Hrs.


The ridge is still here, sunny skies for today in a southwest flow aloft. Some high cloud but less than yesterday. Upper level ridge will continue Tuesday and Wednesday with some cloud in the mix as well. Hopefully we will see a change on Thursday as the ridge breaks down with cloudy conditions and light precipitation beginning Thursday night as a series of weak systems push through into the weekend. The FL will drop to around 1200 meters as the first frontal band moves through Thursday/Friday.

    GOES IR image showing clear skies this am.

    Freezing level will drop today to around 2000 meters.

     Could be warmer by Wednesday.

    Image from yesterday afternoon.


    Alpine creeks are running.

    Amazing there is still ice in the alpine. Max temp at 2240 meters yesterday was +5.2 at 15:00 Hrs.

    Some blue by the end of the day.

    Clouds were pushed away to the North.

    Armchair later in the afternoon.


An ice climber has died in an avalanche  in the Anlauftal Valley: Austria

Skiers, snowmachiners help improve snow models: Alaska

Avalanche search & rescue training on Mount Washington: Vancouver Island

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