16 May 2018

May 16, 2018


    Recent Glide Avalanche that pulled out a slab.

    Very smooth rock as the sliding surface.

    Good size debris.


    Early Tuesday morning.

    A bit of a haze in the distance.

    Bluebird in the morning.

    Some cloud did appear later in the am.

    Some cloud dissipated later in the afternoon.


    Tuesday afternoon.

    Big picture Tuesday afternoon.

Weather Observations for May 16, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    +6, Winds were 15-20 KPH SW--Horstman Hut
1860 meters    +7, Winds were   5-10 KPH SE--Rendevous
1550 meters    +7, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs  Base 150 cm --Catskinner
  660 meters    +5, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +27.4, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility. +9 Deg C.


The ridge is forecasted to shift Eastward today with a cooler marine push in a light Southerly flow aloft switching to Southwesterly later today. We may see some cloud development later in the day but there is a chance it may stay South of our zone. The FL is supposed to drop to around 3000 meters later today. There are some discrepancies in the various models, but it looks like we may see some unsettled weather Thursday through Sunday. Good chance the ridge will rebuild for Monday. Weak weather disturbances may bring the occasional shower but it will all depend on what the trough coming from the South does, possibility it may stay Southeast of this area. Slight chance of some lightning & thunder, likely will stay to our South.
Guesstimates: trace-3 mm by Thursday morning, trace-6 mm by Friday morning, trace-5 mm by Saturday morning, trace-8 mm by Sunday morning, trace-1mm by Monday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Still fairly warm at 1550 meters, low to the South is supposed to head North.

    Some cloud may work its way up here.

   Still looking like a nice day.

   Fronts on the coast.

   Cloud moving in for Thursday.

   Looks like it dissipates, but we may see more cloud  with the chance of some showers.


    Pooling melt in Alpine depressions.

   New debris from a cornice drop yesterday morning, continued cornice trimming in the ski area.

    Evidence of a very active cycle, likely last week.

    Old cornice drop releasing a wet slab.

    After a few truck loads the Wizard is gone.

    The Beast!

    High in the valley yesterday was 27.4 according to the Nester's weather Station. Felt like 33.

   07:45 Hrs Wednesday morning. Stratus layer creeping inland.

From South Coast Touring:

Eeza Bella
May 15 at 9:43pm
Please note there will be a VERY LARGE group heading up to the Wendy Thompson Hut this coming long weekend and we have rented the entire hut and will have folks tenting outside as well. Just want to give you all a heads up so that you don't expect peace and quiet if you're headed that way.
Happy May long!


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