20 Aug 2018

August 20, 2018



   AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Hikers discover 19 elk killed in an avalanche in Oregon, story below.                     ODFW Image


    PAST WEEK:

    Tuesday morning August 14, 2018. Still smoke in the air. Air Quality of 8 Northerly Flow aloft.

    Wednesday morning August 15, 2018. Nicer looking air at 1835 meters. High of 7 for air quality.

    Thursday morning August 16, 2018. +12.5 Deg C at 07:00 Hrs. Air Quality was 4 at 07:00 Hrs.

    Friday morning August 17, 2018. +11 at 06:30 hrs. Air quality at 2 > to 4 later today.

    Saturday morning,  smoke has moved back in. Air quality started at 2 > to +10.

    Sunday morning, August 19, 2018. Air quality at 10+.


Weather Observations for August 20, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        +7, Winds were 40-80 KPH N--Horstman Hut
1860 meters      +10, Winds were 40-55 KPH N--Rendevous
1650 meters      +11, 0.0 mm in 12 hours --Pig Alley
  660 meters        +8, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +26.3, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies and limited visibility. +10 Deg C.


FORECAST:

The persistent upper ridge will bring dry warm weather into Wednesday in a Northeast flow aloft. The freezing level will hover in the 4500 meter range until Thursday when it begins to slowly drop down to 2700 meters by Saturday. Cooler temperatures and cloudy weather will hopefully bring some rain to the area for Saturday into Sunday as an upper trough begins to push onshore Thursday, initially being dry but deepening by the weekend with some potential precipitation. Models are inconsistent this early in the game but looks like some rain for Saturday and possibly Sunday. The onshore flow should help to push smoke out of the area by Thursday, fingers crossed. Dry and cooler early next week.


    GOES IR image for this am.


    High still there with warm temperatures and Northerly flow aloft.

    Very smokey. Air Quality at 10+

    Fronts along the coast.

     High begins to drift West. Still warm. Easterly Flow.

    May see the air quality index go to 9 for Tuesday.

    High moves Northeast, still a Northeasterly flow.

    Cold front to the North.

     Northwesterly flow at 1600 meters.

    Should see clouds by Thursday with an onshore flow.

    May see some precipitation on Friday.

    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Monday evening, Blackcomb just visible.

    Tuesday morning, a bit better visibility.



    Wednesday morning. An improvement, air quality went to 2.

   A smokey Pacific Northwest.                                                                NASA Modis Satellite image.

    Thursday morning. Weak Southwesterly flow aloft not really helping!!

    Thursday afternoon, 15-35 KPH winds from the West.

    Friday morning, Anderson Lake fire still burning, Evacuation Alert

    Saturday morning.


    Unfortunate fall for Brett Rheeder on first run, came in second after Nicholi Rogatkin. Joyride.

    Saturday evening.

    That was a a lot of smoke on Saturday.

    Sunday was a good day to stay indoors.


    Generated image of smoke in the area for Sunday/Monday.

    Improved visibility at the upper elevations this morning.

    Image from Monday morning Aug 20, 2018.


VIDEOS:

South Lines, Mouse Hole: Las Cuevas, Argentina

Red Bull JoyRide Highlights: Crankworx


ARTICLES:

Avalanche damaged New Zealand lift down for the season: Mt Ruapehu

Elk killed in an avalanche discovered by hikers: Oregon

NASA to Study Snow: SnowEx

El Nino Diagnostic Discussion: August 9, 2018

Fine tuned & Dialed in: Off Season Prep

Driest and warmest period in the Swiss Alps since 1864: WePowder

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires darkens skies over B.C.: Nearly 600 Fires

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