16 Mar 2019

March 16, 2019


    Early Friday morning.

    Multiple cloud layers.

    Some breaks to the North by Mid Morning.

    Just before noon.

    From Noon to 14:00 hrs it was very cloudy.

    Yesterday afternoon.

    There were some breaks but mostly overcast until the end of the day.

Weather Observations for March 16, 2019, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 10-15 KPH SW--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -5, Winds were 10-20 KPH W--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -2, Winds were   5-10 KPH SW--Rendevous
1835 meters     -1, Winds were     0-5 KPH E--Round House
1650 meters     -4, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 255 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -3, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 184 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -2, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +8.2, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


A weak front offshore will meet the building warm ridge giving us unsettled weather in a Westerly flow aloft. The FL will likely rise to 1600 meters this afternoon. Slight chance of some afternoon flurries but the air mass is relatively dry. Ridge continues to build for Sunday with a few lingering clouds but with some sun. Ridge strengthens on Monday into Wednesday with sunny warm weather.
Guesstimates: trace by Sunday morning.

    GOES IR image for this am.

    Unsettled today with a mix of mostly cloudy skies with some breaks.

    Fronts along the coast.

    High pressure builds for Sunday.

    Warm high pressure for Monday.

    Warm high on Tuesday deflecting low along the coast.


    Locally not much to report, a few Sz 1's with Xe Xc on steep terrain.


    Work continues on establishing Horstman T-Bar.

    Snow making was creating a cloud on the Horstman Glacier Friday.

    Blackcomb Peak.

    Cornices are big and will be getting ripe with forecasted alpine temperatures.

    Recent Temperature crust on West aspects

    Hours of training goes into an avalanche rescue dog!!

    Big picture on Friday.


Warming Temperatures: Mountain Academy

Don't have proper avalanche training? Stay out of the backcountry SAR says: Vancouver

The science behind Colorado's historic avalanches: High Country News

Caught in an avalanche? The right gear could save your life: Chaz Wilder

A-Basin snow safety director recall last week efforts to open amid avalanche concerns: Colorado

Red Mountain Pass could remain closed for weeks: CDOT

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