2 Jan 2019

January 2, 2019


    Snowing early Tuesday morning.

    First light.

    Unsettled by mid morning.

    Thicker clouds to the West.

    Valley cloud in the afternoon.

    Even some large Blue Breaks.

    Later in the afternoon.

    Just before sunset, which was officially at 16:20 Hrs. Gaining 1 min per day.

    Tuesday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 2, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -7, Winds were 35-60 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -7, Winds were 60-75 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -4, Winds were 15-35 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were 25-70 KPH S--Round House
1650 meters     -2, trace of new, 2 cm in 24 hrs, Base 196 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -3, trace of new, 2 cm in 24 hrs, Base 139 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +0.7, 1.8 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have overcast skies and variable visibility.


A warm front is slowly pushing onshore in a Westerly flow aloft. The FL is expected to rise to 1200 meters by tonight with an increase in the precipitation. We can also expect high winds tonight as the main energy in the storm increases into Thursday morning. The upper flow will become more Southerly with a spike in the FL Thursday at around noon to 1600 meters. A cold front will push through Thursday afternoon into Friday with the FL dropping to surface by Friday night. An upper level trough will bring a lull in the precipitation Friday into Saturday. Guesstimates: 30-50 cm  by Thursday morning,  40-60 cm by Saturday morning in the alpine, 15-20 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Pacific front with rising FL.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Low just to the North. FL will hopefully spike at 1600 meters.

    Cold front pushes through early Friday morning with a lull in the storm Friday afternoon.

    Cold  for Saturday with some flurries.


    An avalanche in Hakkari, Turkey has killed a soldier. Article below.                               Net Pic

    No new local avalanche activity observed yesterday.

    Possability of small Sz 1 soft slabs on steep lee terrain.


    Winter snow layers.

    At the hike to the Blow Hole.

    Still some nice snow to be had where you can find it!!

     Solar aspects were warm, inverted temps yesterday. high of +3.1 at 1860 meters at 13:00 hrs.

    2 cm recorded at 1565 meters on Tuesday from 06:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

    Awesome clouds on Tuesday.

    Big Picture Tuesday afternoon. Looks like some significant cloud development in the Pacific.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Circle Glacier Roll: Dec 30, 2018

Investigating SH 30-50 cm: Jan 1, 2019

Oboe: Jan 1, 2019

From South Coast Touring:
Mike Cancilla
Arrived at the Brew Hut on the 30th about 30 mins after dark with a howling wind. It was a slog and a little work to find, which seems fitting for this hut!
In the morning we found the skiing at hut level was very fun groomers with no signs of instability. We had a ball!
The tree skiing on the trail was a horror show with all of the frozen tree bomb craters. Not sure if walking the trees or skiing out is the better option. Our party tried both.
Many thanks to the VOC members who carried up the years firewood on their backs, answering the Q how many students does it take to replace a helicopter? Burn the wood slowly friends 🙂.


An avalanche has killed a soldier in Hakkari: Turkey

Winter Storm Warning: Sea to Sky

Warm, wet, & windy weather raises avalanche danger: Alaska

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