4 May 2018

May 4, 2018


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    A snowmobiler has died in an avalanche on Blackstone Glacier, Alaska. Article below. Net Pic.

    Locally, Numerous Sz 1 wet point releases, a few Sz 1.5 climax  slides.



    YESTERDAY:

    Very early Thursday morning.

    High cloud cover by 11:00 Hrs.  +8 at 1835 meters.

    High yesterday in the valley was +20.3 Deg C.


    Dark clouds moved in later in the day.

    17:30 Hrs, still broken cloud. +8 Deg C at 1835 meters.


Weather Observations for May 4, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      0, Winds were 20-25 KPH S--Horstman Hut
1860 meters    +2, Winds were 10-15 KPH S--Rendevous
1550 meters    +3, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs  Base 210 cm --Catskinner
  660 meters    +8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +20.3, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.



FORECAST:

An upper level trough will continue to send cloud our way today in a West/Southwest Flow Aloft. The FL will go up to 2500 meters today with a chance of some rain showers. Unsettled weather for the next few days before a weak upper ridge builds into the area on Tuesday.
Guesstimates: 1-3 mm by Saturday morning, 0-trace by Sunday morning, 1-3 mm by Monday morning.


    GOES IR image this am.


    Low spinning cloud our way, still warm at 1550 meters.


    Mostly cloudy.

    Possible showers.


    Fronts along the coast.

    Unsettled!

    Looking nicer in the afternoon.

    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Case Studies and Research Presentations at the CAA Conference in Penticton.

    Still a bit of snow in the Okanagan area.

    Unsettled with a high of +25.1 Deg c in Penticton Thursday.


    Darker clouds in the evening.

    A good place for food!

From South Coast Touring:


Johannes Esterlé
May 3 at 9:16pm
Garibaldi conditions as for yesterday : 
- Parked at 850m and walk to the first fork on the road (snow + lots of dry patches) 
- Fast travel on hard pack to the col between Garibaldi and the tent. 
- Lose avalanches on the summit pitch which looked fresh (10cm snow from last weekend I guess), we didn't summit. 
- Noticed 1 size 2 under the shark fin on Brohm ridge which might have slid few days ago, about 1 meter thick crown and still a huge slab threatening to slide. 
- Amazing 400m corn-skiing run between the col and Warren glacier (few snow bridges sagging are noticeable on this run). 
- Long slog crossing back Brohm ridge and skiing the logging road on wet snow. 
- Walking the last 5km because something remove the wax from our ski bases and they were not gliding anymore (gas or oil from the snowmobile present on the snow surface ? If anybody knows I'd be glad to learn !!).




VIDEO FRIDAY:

Avalanche in Northern India: Ladakh

Setting off an avalanche: Speedriding



ARTICLES:

Hwy 99 closed North of Whistler due to avalanche: Global News

Alaskan man killed after being partially buried in an avalanche: Blackstone Glacier

26 people have died in avalanches in Switzerland so far this winter: Swiss Info

Avalanche Canada looks to crowd sourcing to improve service: Pique

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