14 Dec 2019

December 14, 2019

    YESTERDAY:

    Valley Fog. Friday Dec 13, 2019. 12:00 Hrs at 1860 M it was -3.1 Deg C with a 5-15 KPH S wind.

    There were some patches of blue yesterday.

    Many clouds!!

    The Big Old Softie.


    Friday afternoon.


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

2240 meters      -9, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters      -7, Winds were    0-5 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -8, Winds were  5-10 KPH S --Rendevous 
1835 meters      -7, Winds were    0-5 KPH E--Round House
1650 meters      -5, trace in 12 Hrs, trace in 24 Hrs, Base 50 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .    -5, trace in 12 Hrs, trace in 24 Hrs, Base 17 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +5.0, trace of precip yesterday.


    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.



FORECAST:

Unsettled weather for today as a weak ridge builds in a Northwesterly flow aloft. The freezing level will hover around surface for most of the day dropping below surface for Sunday. Still lingering cloud but it should slowly get pushed out during the day. The ridge strengthens for tomorrow with mostly sunny skies. A weak front arrives for Monday with the chance of some precipitation later in the day. Some models are suggesting a few decent frontal bands next week, more on that as we get closer.


    GOES IR image from this am.

     Building ridge with cooler temperatures for Saturday.





    Ridge strengthens for Sunday, FL below surface.





     Low to our North will begin to displace the high, mostly cloudy for Monday.



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Colorado avalanches, with more snow on the way. Article below.                         CAIC Image



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Lower cloud layers did move around on Friday.

    More skier compaction. Avalanche control on Whistler yesterday produced some Sz 1-2 results.

    Snow flurries in the afternoon.

    Plate stellars.

    They are good looking crystals.

    Catskinner weather plot 1570 meters. Base of 18 cm on Friday.




From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Mountain Conditions Report: Dec 13, 2019


ARTICLES:

French Alps on Avalanche Alert: Pistehors.com

Avalanche warning issued for Colorado Mountains: Vail



Guest Article from : Keith Jacobs
How to Assemble a Well-Stocked Roadside Emergency Kit for Your Car
Whether you have a short daily commute or travel long distances once a year, it's important to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Having the right items in your car can help you get back on the road quickly or keep you safe while waiting for help. With these essentials, you can put together a roadside emergency kit to aid you in any number of circumstances.
Smartphone
Your smartphone is essential to have on hand in case of an emergency. You can use it to call for help if you become stranded and to navigate if you become lost. If you’re in need of a new phone, look for one with long battery life and a powerful processor. 
Also keep a phone charger in your vehicle and sign up for an unlimited data plan. You don't want to be concerned about expensive overage charges when you need to use your phone on the road. You will often find that unlimited plans are even cheaper than limited month-to-month plans, and many can be customized to fit your needs.
Spare tire
Always keep a properly inflated spare tire, as well as a jack and wheel wrench, in your vehicle. Driving on a flat tire can be dangerous and can damage your car. Once you notice you have a flat tire, find a safe stopping point and change it. Do not try to change the tire if you are not in a safe spot. If you do not know how to change it, call a tow truck or mechanic to help.
Jumper starter
Jumper cables allow you to jump your disabled vehicle’s battery with the help of another vehicle. However, Car Bibles points out a better option is a jump starter. These portable devices transfer power from the device itself to your car battery. With a jump starter, you don't need to find someone to help you or worry about the position in which you vehicle is parked.
Flashlight and batteries
For nighttime emergencies, a flashlight is a must. You don’t want to waste your car battery by using the overhead lights if you are stranded. You’ll also need the flashlight if you are going to walk to safety at night. Keep an extra set of batteries with the flashlight so you’ll always be prepared.
First aid kit
Always keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your vehicle. It should include basic items such as bandages, gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever, anti-diarrhea tablets, and allergy medication, as well as instant cold compresses, tweezers, scissors, needles, and other essentials. You might also want to include sunscreen, insect repellent, and children’s pain medication.
Shovel
A shovel will come in handy if you ever get stuck in the mud or snow. It also can be a lifesaver if you car gets covered in an avalanche. You can stick the shovel out the window to figure out if you can reach the surface. This will allow you to create an airway and help you dig out. If you are travelling in a cold or snowy area, you should also keep an ice scraper, warm clothing, blankets, and cat litter for traction in your vehicle.
Snack kit
If you are stuck in a snowstorm, an avalanche, or another dangerous situation, having snacks and bottled water in your car can save your life. Crisis Equipped suggests nuts because they contain protein, fat, and fiber, plus they can last up to a year. Other non-perishable foods are also suitable such as seeds, trail mix, dried fruit, meat jerky, granola or protein bars, and hard candy.
Other emergency essentials
Additional emergency items include a tool kit, reflectors, compass, fire extinguisher, duct tape, and a rain poncho. You can also add motor oil, coolant, and a tire inflator in your emergency roadside kit. Other things you might need depend on your type of vehicle and the geographical area in which you are travelling.

From avalanches to floods and from dead batteries to flat tires, you can experience a variety of roadside emergencies, both big and small. However by having an emergency car kit, you can stay safe and healthy until help arrives or you are able to get back on the road again.


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