11 Dec 2018

December 11, 2018


    Flurries in the morning, 3 cm at 1550 m as of 14:00 Hrs, 6 cm at 1650 m.

    Breaks and flurries.

    Nice to get some powder.

    Breaks in the afternoon.

    Just before dusk on Monday.

Weather Observations for December 11, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -6, Winds were 75-100 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters       -6, Winds were 90-120 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -4, Winds were   25-50 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters       -4, Winds were   20-50 KPH ESE--Round House
1650 meters       -3, 12 cm of new, 18 cm in 24 hrs, Base 96 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -4,   4 cm of new,   7 cm in 24 hrs, Base 50 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters        0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.7, 4.2 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:45 hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and snowing 1 cm per hour.


A strong warm front will reach the area this morning with moderate/heavy precipitation and strong winds in a Westerly-Southwesterly flow aloft. The FL will continue to hover in the 1000 meter range and may go a bit higher with the approaching warm front. By tonight the FL could drop back to the valley with the passage of the cold front. Unsettled weather for Wednesday before another front moves onshore later in the day into Thursday with a slightly higher FL (1400 m) dropping back to the valley by Friday night. A short lived break on Saturday before another front Saturday night into Sunday. Guesstimates: 20-30 cm by Wednesday morning, 15-20 cm by Thursday morning, 25-35 cm by Friday morning, 20-30 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

   Strong Pacific front heading our way with moderate/strong winds.

    Warm front just off the coast this am.

    Warm front followed by a cold front.

    Fronts along the coast.

    High pushes into the area on Wednesday.

   Another front Wednesday night.

    Low will send another front for Thursday.


    An avalanche has killed 2 men in the Bucegi Mountains, Romania. Article below.    Net Pic

    Sz 1- some Sz 2 soft slabs with Xe(explosives) & Sc (ski cut) .

    Sz 1 soft slabs yesterday Xe Sc

   Sr Sz 1.5 yesterday.


    Travelling up hill in avalanche terrain will get your pass revoked. Find out whee you are!!

    Look for signs!!

    Pay attention to all the signs, losing your pass is not fun!!

   Falling into rock hole is no fun, be careful with this thin snow pack. Avoid boulder fields.

    Checking out the snow..

    Nice dry snow in the alpine.

    Nester's weather station, 660 meters.

    Breaks yesterday afternoon.

    Big picture Monday afternoon.


An avalanche has killed 2 in the Bucegi Mountains:  Romania

Alps battered by first snow storm of the season amid avalanche warning: The Telegraph

Ozone depletion increases Antarctic snowfall, partially mitigating ice sheet loss: Science Daily

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