1 Jan 2020

January 1, 2020

    Happy New Year.


    Looking a lot like winter!!!

    Nice to have some fresh POW on the last day of 2019.

    Powder to the People!!

    Tuesday December 31, 2019. 14:00 Hrs. -1 Deg C  with a 10-30 KPH South wind.

    Snowing in the valley at 16:45 Hrs. 33.6 mm of precip recorded at 660 meters yesterday.

    Significant moisture heading our way yesterday.

Weather Observations for January 1, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -4, Winds were 45-60 KPH NNE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters      -4, Winds were 50-70 KPH W--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -2, Winds were 15-30 KPH S --Rendevous 
1835 meters      -2, Winds were 30-45 KPH SSW--Round House
1650 meters       0, 15 cm in 12 Hrs, 27 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 120 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .     0, 16 cm in 12 Hrs, 27 cm in 24 Hrs, Base   72 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.4, 33.6 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and variable visibility.


An upper level trough will bring unsettled weather with periods of light snow for today in a West > Northwesterly flow aloft. The freezing level will hover in the 1600 meter range for the am, dropping to surface by tonight. A warm front moves onshore Thursday with light to moderate precipitation into Friday. The FL will climb back up to around 1500 meters. Another weak upper trough for Saturday with some flurries and cooler temperatures. More snow for Sunday. Guesstimates: 1-4 cm by Thursday morning, 30-40 cm by Friday morning, 20-30 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR Image from this am.

    Upper level trough for today with cooler temperatures.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Warm front pushes onshore for Thursday.

    Warmer air for Friday as the low moves  down the coast.


    An avalanche in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, has killed two snowboarders. Ryan Campbell Image.

    Avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1-2 with Sc Xa, Xe.


    Barometer on a downward trend Tuesday.

    Tower 3, tallest Peak to Peak Tower.

    From 06:30 to 14:30 11 cm was recorded at 1570 meters. (Catskinner weather plot)

    Snowing 3+ centimetres per hour Tuesday at dusk

    Moist snow at 1860 meters yesterday afternoon.

               Recent Profile.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Red Heather Meadows: Dec 30, 2019

Sproatt & Tonic Peak: Dec 31, 2019


Whistler Weather with meteorologist: David Jones


Avalanche kills two men snowboarding in B.C. Provincial Park: Tatshenshini-Alsek Park

What I learned in Avalanche School: NYT

Italy probes suspects for negligence over German deaths in avalanche: Dolomites

Val Senales off-piste skiers may have caused deadly avalanche: The Times

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