12 Dec 2017

December 12, 2017


    No avalanche activity locally to report.

    5 soldiers missing after avalanches hit two army outposts in Northern India. Story in article sec.


    Blue Bird over Mount Currie.

    High cloud and smoke/pollution to the South yesterday.

    Many ridge lines were stripped of snow a few weeks ago.

    Snow eventually softened up Monday.

    Hard to believe the smoke worked its way up the coast from California.

Weather Observations for December 12, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters    -3, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     0, Winds were 25-35 KPH SSW--Roundhouse
1660 meters     0, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs  Base 136 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters    -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +3.2, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 08:00 hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


The strong warm upper level ridge will bring a mix of sun & some cloud to the area today in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The FL has dropped to 2000 meters so it will take a while for the crust to break down today.  The good news is that the ridge will sag on Thursday with several weak fronts pushing through Friday into Sunday. Not much in the way of precipitation but the freezing levels will begin to drop on Thursday night. A change is always welcome especially with the inversion we have been experiencing for the past week & no snow since Dec 3, 2017.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Cooler temperatures at 1850 meters.

    Monday afternoon.

     A couple of lows!!


    Awesome day.

    Sun Glaze on most sun exposed areas.

    Small surface hoar in protected areas in the alpine.

    Maximum temperature in the alpine yesterday was +8.5 at 2240 meters & +11 at 1860 meters.

    Smoke from the California fires made its way to B.C.

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5 soldiers missing after avalanches hit army outposts: Northern India

Snowmobiling in Avalanche Country: What you need to Know

Mt Washington avalanche turns into Safety Lesson: New Hampshire

Alaska sees record high temperatures: Juneau

Treckers film massive avalanche as it thunders towards them: Pakistan

Los Angeles smoke reaches the Pacific Northwest: Cliff Mass Weather Blog

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