23 Jan 2020

January 23, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    08:30 hrs Wednesday Jan 22, 2020.

    Another powder day.

    A few breaks to the North.

    Overcast but decent light in the alpine.

    Visibility was more challenging in the afternoon.

    End of the day, busy in the town centre.


Weather Observations for January 23, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -2, Winds were 100-125 KPH ESE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -2, Winds were 115-140 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -1, Winds were     35-60 KPH ENE --Rendevous 
1835 meters    -1, Winds were    20-45  KPH E--Round House
1650 meters   +1, 31 cm in 12 Hrs, 32 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 247 cm --Pig Alle
1560 meters    -2, 33 cm in 12 Hrs, 34 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 178 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.9, 4.3 mm of precip yesterday.


FORECAST:

A warm front will push through today in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The freezing level should max out at around 1800 meters, dropping to 1400 meters by tomorrow. An upper level trough will bring periods of light precipitation for Friday. A series of frontal bands continues to bring winter weather into next week.  Guesstimates: 25-35 cm by Friday morning, 8-12 cm by Saturday morning, 4-8 cm by Sunday morning.

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing 3 cm per hour.


    Goes Ir image from this am.

     Low continues to send moisture, slightly cooler temps.





    Fronts along the coast.

      Upper level trough for Friday, slightly cooler.





     Weakening upper level trough.




   AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Search operations for 7 buried in avalanches suspended in Nepal. Article below.              Net Pic

    Avalanche control on Blackcomb produced Sz 1-1.5 Xe, Xh, Sc.

    Soft slabs up to Sz 1.5 on Blackcomb.

    Avalanche control on Whistler produced Sz 1-3.5 Xh, Xe, Xc.

    Hanging Face went Sz 3.5.

    Debris in West Bowl went over Hwy 86. Ripped out some small trees.





    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Cornices continue to grow.

    Always be aware of avalanche debris when the light is flat.

    Getting into West Cirque.

    Nice turns to be had in the Cirque.



FROM AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Russet: Jan 21, 2020

Oboe/Apostles: Jan 22, 2020

Cowboyin: Jan 22, 2020



VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones



ARTICLES:

Search operations for 7 buried in Avalanches suspended due to bad weather: Nepal

The average age of people dying in avalanches is increasing: Unoffical Networks

Avalanche risk closes Mt Baker Hwy beyond glacier: Washington State

Local Avalanche Risk Zones (LARZ Project, contest): Escape Route

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