14 Feb 2019

February 14, 2019


    Happy Valentine's Day.



   YESTERDAY:

    Sunrise was at 07:27 Hrs.

    Lit up!!

    Awesome light in the am.

    Light dry powder!!!

    Cornices continue to grow.

            Great snow and no crowds!!!

    A few clouds on Decker Wednesday afternoon.

    Alpin Glow.

    Sunset was at 17:25.

    Wednesday afternoon.


Weather Observations for February 14, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -10, Winds were 30-50 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters       -8, Winds were 40-60 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -10, Winds were 10-15 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters     -12, Winds were  10-20 KPH NNE--Round House
1650 meters     -13, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 256 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -10, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 185 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -12, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -5.4, trace of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have scattered cloud and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

A weak upper ridge with unsettled weather will transition to overcast skies by this afternoon with flurries and increasing snow tonight. Southerly winds aloft with this next front moving in from the South. An upper trough tomorrow will bring overcast skies and light snow for Friday, stalling and slowly exiting our area Saturday night. A ridge builds for Sunday with sunny skies. Unsettled weather will return for Monday into early next week. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Friday morning, 2-6 cm by Saturday morning, Trace-1 cm by Sunday morning.

    GOES IR image this am.


    Low off the coast, warmer temperatures, FL will spike just below 1000 meters.





    Fronts along the coast.

    Low and associated upper trough will persist into Saturday.





    Low weakens and will be pushed out by the Arctic High.

    Arctic high brings back cold sunny conditions.



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Loose dry Na. Yesterday morning locally. Sc produced Sz 1 loose soft slabs.

    Some Na activity during the evening.

    Mr-30m at 1900 m NE facing in the upper Ryan. Travelled back out and around.         Al Collis Pic

    East facing slopes sloughing with the sun, 2000 meters. Yesterday.                             Al Collis Pic


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Dry Smoke!!!

    Rumbling Glacier.

    Great turns to be had in the morning, and all day.

    The Base of the Blackcomb Gondola.

    A few cloud in the afternoon.

    Another awesome day in the mountains.

    Helicopters are our friends!!!

    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.



From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:


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