25 Jan 2020

January 25, 2020

   YESTERDAY:

    Early Friday morning.

    A few breaks in the am.

    Snow was soft and dense.


    Friday January 24, 2020. 14:00 Hrs. -2.5 Deg C with a 15-40 KPH ESE wind.


    Friday afternoon.

    Big picture Friday afternoon.

    Periods of rain in the valley yesterday. 11.9 mm recorded at 660 meters.


Weather Observations for January 25, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -6, Winds were 40-55 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -5, Winds were 40-45 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -3, Winds were 10-30 KPH SE --Rendevous 
1835 meters    -3, Winds were 15-20 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters    -2, 2 cm in 12 Hrs, 14 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 235 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .  -2, 2 cm in 12 Hrs, 11 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 167 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +4.0, 11.9 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies, unlimited visibility and it is snowing very lightly.


FORECAST:

A broad upper trough will send a weak front with periods of light precipitation in a Southwesterly flow aloft. The freezing level will remain below 1500 meters with a range of 1300-1000 over the next 2 days. For today mostly overcast and fairly dry. A more active frontal band for Sunday with light/moderate precipitation beginning around 02:00 hrs, with steady precipitation into Monday.
More of the same for next week with the chance of a sunny break on Monday.
Guesstimates: 5-10 cm by Sunday morning, 15-20 cm by Monday morning, 4-8 cm by Tuesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.


     Broad weak upper trough for today with slightly cooler temperatures.





    Fronts along the coast.

     More active frontal band for Sunday.






    Broad upper trough for Monday.


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche near Valmeinier, France has killed a ski tourer. Article below.                  Net Pic.

    Avalanche control on Whistler produced Sz 1-2 Xe Xc. 1 Sz 3 Xc.

    Avalanche control on Blackcomb yesterday produce Sz 1-2 Xe, Xc. Some Na Sz 2 observed.

    Jackson Roll on Whistler.

    West Cirque Moraine.

    Snowballing from Thursday.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Snowing and blowing Friday morning.

    There were some good turns to be had.

    Over the past 7 days we have had 126 cm.

   Current season we have had 583 cm at 1650 meters.

    Great way to learn more about avalanches.

    At Pig Alley there was 12 cm of new snow by 14:00 Hrs on Friday. Base 247 cm.





FROM AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Body Bag Bowl: Jan 23, 2020

Steep Creek: Jan 24, 2020


VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones


ARTICLES:

Ski Tourer killed in avalanche at Valmeinier: France

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