13 Jan 2019

January 13, 2019

    YESTERDAY:

    Early Saturday morning.

    Valley cloud and high scattered cloud in the morning.

    Periods of blue in the later am.

    There was some awesome light in the am.

    Clouds moved in early afternoon.

    Darker to the South.

    Later in the afternoon.

    Looking North at around 16:00 Hrs.


Weather Observations for January 13, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -2, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -1, Winds were 10-15 KPH ESE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    +1, Winds were   5-10 KPH ESE--Rendevous
1835 meters    +2, Winds were   5-10 KPH E--Round House
1650 meters      0, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 259 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters    +2, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 193 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.8, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


   As of 07:00 hrs this am we have high broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

A building upper ridge will bring warm temperatures and unsettled weather this morning in a Southerly flow aloft. The FL will reach 2400+ meters today with sunnier skies by this afternoon.
The ridge strengthens for Monday with sunny skies and warm temps, the FL will likely rise to 2800 meters. Unsettled for Tuesday with a mix of sun and cloud with the FL beginning to descend to 1000 meters by Wednesday morning. Likely unsettled Wednesday with the approach of an upper level trough, which will likely bring some light precip for Thursday. Models are not in agreement for the long term forecast. Going with unsettled for Friday with a drying trend into the weekend. More on that scenario as we get closer.  Long term, good chance we will see fronts on the way early next week with seasonable temperatures..

    GOES IR image from this am, ridge is building.


    High to the East, low to the West, warmer temps again today.




    Fronts along the coast.


    High pressure takes over Monday. Warm!!!!





        High still in control on Tuesday.


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche near Lech, Austria has killed 3 skiers, 4th missing. Article below.              Net Pic

    Old crown lines from Heli bombing on Friday.

    Lady's First

    Wet Loose activity yesterday with the warm sun.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Wind was evident on many aspects.

    Variable conditions depending on how protected the aspect was.

    Old Fx line on Lower Disease Ridge.

    There were some cool clouds around Saturday afternoon.




Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Fitzsimmons: Jan 11, 2018

Metaldome: Jan 12, 2019

Hanging Lake: Jan 12, 2019



From South Coast Touring:

Ilze Rupners
A lazy day to the Duffey’s Lazy Boy Ridge at 2230ish sounds like a surprisingly good call from reading all the other reports. - 
Lots of avalanche activity noted from earlier days, nothing of concern today. Good skiing on wind pressed snow on slab up high, skied low angle gullies with powder lower down. At Ottoman changed to spring like conditions with heavier snow although still skiable. Fast track out.
Sounds like all bets are off tomorrow if predicted warm weather arrives.




ARTICLES:

3 German skiers killed in avalanche, 4th missing near Lech: Austria

2 Ski patrollers killed in French Alps by avalanche charges: Morillon

Sluggish Whistler Business forces Vail to trim guidance: BIV

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