9 Dec 2018

December 9, 2018


    A few breaks Saturday morning.

    Looking up Blackcomb Glacier.

    Into the cloud on Whistler.

    Saturday afternoon.

Weather Observations for December 9, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -4, Winds were 50-100 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters       -4, Winds were   75-90 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -1, Winds were   25-40 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters       -1, Winds were   20-50 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters        0, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 60 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -1, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 28 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       -5, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -1.5, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:30 hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and its snowing lightly.


First of a series of fronts move onshore today in a Southerly flow aloft. The freezing level could rise as high as 1700 meters  as the warm front pushes onshore with moderate precipitation. A cold front arrives later today with the FL dropping to 1000 meters. A chance the FL may hover in the 1000 meter range this morning into tonight.  A break in the flow on Monday with an upper level trough followed by a stronger front on Tuesday, with a strong Westerly up slope flow. Another break in the flow Wednesday before another front arrives Wednesday night. Guesstimates: 15-25 cm by Monday morning, 1-3 cm by Tuesday morning, 15-20 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR Image from this am, looks like the moisture is going North.

     Westerly onshore flow with a FL around 1500 meters.

   Fronts along the coast.

    Upper level trough for Monday.

    Another pacific front for Tuesday.

    Low moving down the coast.


   An avalanche in Italy has killed a French Skier, article below.                                        Net Pic

   Avalanche in the Col Pillonet, Italy.

    No new avalanche activity to report locally, old debris from our last storm.

    Breakable crust in some areas yesterday.

    Old avalanche debris form last spring.

    The Blackcomb Gondola was turning.

    Looking happy, hope that means a Dec 15 opening.


An avalanche has killed a French skier in the Italian Alps: Col Pillonet, Aosta

An avalanche closes Richardson Highway at Thompson Pass: Alaska

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