15 Dec 2018

December 15, 2018


    Friday morning.

    Yes it was windy!!!

    Overcast pretty much all day.

    Mount Fee Friday morning, overcast but dry.

    Blackcomb Gondola did not carry passengers on Friday, very strong winds.

   Break in the pattern.

    Moisture went to the interior and North yesterday.

Weather Observations for December 15, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -12, Winds were 35-45 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters       -9, Winds were 25-35 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -10, Winds were 20-30 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters       -8, Winds were 10-30 KPH W--Round House
1650 meters       -8, 10 cm of new, 10cm in 24 hrs, Base 170 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -8,   7 cm of new, 7 cm in 24 hrs, Base 104 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.8, 10.3 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:30 hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


A lull in the barage of Pacific fronts today with cloudy skies and a Westerly flow aloft. The FL may rise today as high as 1000 meteres as the flow switches to Southwesterly. The next front will slowly push on shore with some light precipitation starting tonight at around 19:00hrs, intensifying by early Sunday morning. The FL may spike at 1600 meters on Sunday but should hover in the 1200 meter range. Expect moderate to high winds with moderate to heavy precipitation for Sunday. Next front for Monday will be less intense as a series of fronts continues into next weekend. Will likely see an atmospheric river event for Thursday, models are agreeing on this event. Guesstimates: 15-20 cm by Sunday morning, 30-40 cm by Monday morning, 20-30 cm by Tuesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am, next front on the way.

    Strong Southerly flow later today FL could rise to 1000 meters.

   Fronts along the coast.

    Southerly flow with the FL rising.

A little more Westerly, FL 
   An avalanche has killed a skier in the Tirol area of Austria. Article below.                 Net pic

   Wind slab avalanche above Franz's meadow, Xl (avalauncher)

    Franz's meadow.

   Sz 1-2 wind slabs from avalanche control Saturday morning, Xe, Na, Xl.


    Winds were outrageous in the morning.

    2240 meters max Gust Yesterday 191.60 KPH at 09:30 Hrs.
    2180 meters max Gust Yesterday 179.50 KPH at 08:30 Hrs.
    1860 meters max Gust Yesterday 100.40 KPH at 05:00 Hrs
    1835 meters max Gust Yesterday   99.60 KPH at 08:00 Hrs. 

    Still early for the trees, ride hard but take care!!

    Graupel was falling in the afternoon.

    We have snow!!!

    Thanking the snow man for a great start before the Holidays.

    Next front on the way.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Hard to trigger: Dec 14, 2018

From South Coast Touring:

Bram Whillock
Special public avalanche warning issued!
I would recommend to all people to ski and ride even inbounds wearing your transceiver and carrying shovel and probe. Be practiced in tree well rescue and carry a whistle. Do not loop your hands in your pole straps. Don't ski alone!
Enjoy the glory of mother nature and be safe friends!


An avalanche has killed a skier at Hiatertuxer, Gletscher in Tyrol: Austria

High Avalanche Risk in North shore Mountains: North Shore News

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