15 Jan 2020

January 15, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Arctic Front!

    Overcast and cold Tuesday morning.

    Tuesday January 14, 2020. 12:00 Hrs. -22.1 Deg C with a 15-20 KPH wind. -33 wind chill!

    Peak Chair opened on Tuesday!!:) Symphony as well!

    Tuesday Afternoon!

    Big picture Tuesday afternoon.

    There were some nice breaks at the end of the day.


Weather Observations for January 15, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -16, Winds were 50-60 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -14, Winds were 50-65 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -13, Winds were 20-35 KPH SE --Rendevous 
1835 meters    -12, Winds were 10-20 KPH ESE--Round House
1650 meters    -19, 3 cm in 12 Hrs, 3 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 189 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .  -19, 3 cm in 12 Hrs, 3 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 127 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -19, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -16.1, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.

Although there is an inversion, -16 with a 60 KPH wind brings the wind chill to -31 at 2240 meters.
Winds will amp up to 100 + by tonight.

    As of 07:00 hts this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility and snowing lightly.


FORECAST:

A surface low will bring periods of light/moderate snowfall today in a Westerly>Southwesterly flow aloft. A series of fronts will bring light to moderate snow to the area into early next week. Looking like a winter storm for Saturday into Sunday. Temperatures will moderate by Thursday with the Freezing level remaining well below surface until Saturday. Guesstimates: 15-20+? cm by Thursday morning, 4-8 cm by Friday morning, 2-4 cm by Saturday morning. Difficult to determine amounts, depends on what the low does and with the cold temperatures you can get 2 cm per 1 mm of water.
As of now looks like a winter storm with rising FL for Saturday. Enjoy the low density snow!!


    GOES IR image this am.


    Low will bring light snow to the area today with cold temperatures.






    Fronts along the coast.

    Low moves to the North with more precipitation for the area, warmer temperatures.





    Low moves further off shore Friday but continues to send precip our way. Arctic front retreating.



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Many lives lost in destructive avalanches in Kashmir & Pakistan. Articles below.               Net Pic

    Avalanche control on Whistler yesterday produced some Sz 1 Sc soft slabs.

    No new avalanche activity observed on Blackcomb yesterday.



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:


    Light snow flurries during the day.

    There were some breaks in the afternoon.

    A grey day.



FROM AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Matier Glacier: Jan 14, 2020



VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones



ARTICLES:

Avalanches kill 70 more people in Pakistan & Afghanistan: Pakistan News

Death toll jumps to 35 across Pakistan as rain triggers landslides & avalanches: Reliefweb

At least 77 killed & 94 injured after avalanches bury houses in Pakistan: Death toll likely to rise

5 Soldiers among 10 killed by avalanche in Jammu: Kashmir

Skiers triggered deadly Silver Mountain avalanche, preliminary investigation says: Idaho

Teton Pass closed, backcountry travel discouraged with avalanche danger High: Wyoming

Mike's avalanche report: Verbier

Arctic Outflow Warning: Whistler

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