16 Jan 2020

January 16, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Northerly outflow winds on Green Lake Wednesday morning, blizzard conditions later in the day.

    Overcast but good light at tree line.

    Thin cloud cover in the am.

   Decent dry snow!!

    Some nice light in the am.

    In the past 7 days we have had 77 cm of new snow!

    There were some great power flurries, 4 cm of new by 14:00 hrs at 1650 m.

    Wednesday January 15, 2020. 14:30 Hrs. -11.8 Deg c with a 15-25 KPH ESE wind.


    Wednesday afternoon.


    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.

    Blizzard conditions by 17:00 Hrs.



Weather Observations for January 16, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -11, Winds were 80-120 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -9, Winds were 65-105 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -8, Winds were   25-50 KPH SE --Rendevous 
1835 meters     -8, Winds were   10-45 KPH WSW--Round House
1650 meters     -6, 28 cm in 12 Hrs, 32 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 214 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .   -6, 24 cm in 12 Hrs, 27 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 146 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -17, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -16.2, 5.6 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken skies, unlimited visibility and snowing lightly.


FORECAST:

An upper level trough will bring periods of light snow fall for today in a Southwest flow aloft. The freezing level will remain below surface but temperatures will begin to moderate. A stronger frontal band pushes in on Friday evening into Saturday. We may see a few sunny breaks today as the trough weakens. A Northwesterly flow tomorrow will bring periods of light snow but drying out before the next front on Friday night into Saturday morning. Light to moderate snow on Saturday with the FL spiking to around 1000 meters Saturday, 1500 meters Sunday. Guesstimates: 2-6 cm by Friday morning, 8-12 cm by Saturday morning, 30-40 cm by Sunday morning.


    GOES IR image this am.


    Weak upper trough for today as the low exits North. Warmer temperatures.





    Fronts along the coast.

   Low well to the Northwest, some flurries but a drying trend Friday.





     Low will send another strong frontal band our way Saturday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Body recovery in Pakistan, Devastating avalanches with body count increasing.        Net Pic

    Sluff off traverse to the Curl. Fast moving nailer.

    Already into lower Pakalolo.

    Avalanche control on Blackcomb yesterday produced Sz 1-1.5 Sc. Soft slabs.

    Avalanche control on Whistler produced some Sz 2 with Xc, Xe. Sz 1-1.5 Sc.

    Many soft slabs around.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Peak chair was open Wednesday afternoon. Weather is always a factor!! Always changing!

    Awesome work cleaning the Tower Platforms.

    Closure on Seventh Heaven Wednesday morning.

   That rime must weigh many tons, engineered tower to what failure point?

    Entrance to Whistler Bowl.

    Windy with variable visibility.

    Drifting in the tree line.

    Outflow winds in the valley Wednesday afternoon.!

   Snowing and blowing in the valley at 18:00 Hrs. 5.6 mm recorded yesterday.





FROM AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

No new reports as of 07:00 Hrs.


VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Different Aspects: Avalanche Guys


ARTICLES:

Death toll is at least 100 after snow avalanches in: Pakistan/Kashmir

Girl buried under Pakistan Avalanche found alive after 18 hours: Bakwali Village

Three large avalanches sweep through Westfjords: Iceland

There's no such thing as slack country: Snowboarders Journal

Winter storm and avalanche warnings for Washington & Idaho: NewsWeek

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