31 Jan 2020

January 31, 2020


    Awesome colours at first light.

    Snow line was at 900 meters on Thursday morning.

    Spindrift to the South in the am.

    Nice light, nice snow in the am.

    Looking to the North in the am.

    Winds could be seen to the South before reaching the area. Max gust was at 14:15 Hrs 166.4 KPH.

    Thursday January 30, 2020. 13:00 Hrs -1.7 20-45 KPH SE wind.

    Image from same time frame as above!!

    Big picture Thursday, Lows are drawing a lot of moisture from the South Pacific.

    Front moved in from the South as the day progressed.

    Near the end of the work day. Light flurries around 14:00 Hrs.

    Dumping in the valley by 17:30 Hours.

Weather Observations for January 31, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -3, Winds were 75-105 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -3, Winds were  55-75 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -1, Winds were  30-55 KPH S --Rendevous 
1835 meters     0, Winds were  15-60 KPH W--Round House
1650 meters   +1, 18 cm in 12 Hrs, 18 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 255 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters     0, 19 cm in 12 Hrs, 19 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 179 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.3, 12.6 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies, variable visibility and snowing less than 1 cm/hr.


A strong warm front will push into our zone this am in a Southwesterly flow aloft. Wet, warm, windy weather with the freezing level possibly spiking at 2000+ meters!, hopefully will hover in the 1800 meter range. Brunt of the moisture looks like it will be just South of the Whistler area. A cold front will push through early Saturday morning with the FL dropping to surface by the afternoon. The front moves through quickly with some sunny breaks in its wake Saturday afternoon. Mostly cloudy on Sunday as a upper level trough brings some periods of light snow. Similar for Monday with the chance of some sunny breaks. Guesstimates: 70-90 cm above 1700 meters by Saturday morning, 8-12 cm by Sunday morning, 1-4 cm by Monday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Low pulling warm air from the high to our South. Wet, warm, windy for today.

     80-100 mm could fall by Saturday morning.

    Moisture plume well into the South Pacific.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Cold air from the North will bring the FL below surface by Saturday evening.

         Low and high will mix for Sunday with some light snow and colder temperatures.


    An avalanche near Toussuire Resort has killed two, injured one. Article below.            Net Pic

    An avalanche in Kashmir has killed one, 3 rescued. Article below. Net File Pic

    Sz 2 on Cowboy Ridge. Min Report below from Jan 29, 2020.

    Avalanche control on Whistler yesterday produced Sz 1-1.5 Xe Xc.

   Avalanche control on Blackcomb yesterday produced some Sz 1 results. Sc a few results.


    Awesome light in the am.

     Looking North in the am.

    Approaching frontal band.

   A different perspective of a very white Black Tusk.

    Wind affected snow.

    Last ice lens that formed, exposed by the strong winds.

    By the end of the day we were getting a good hail storm.

    Wind affected snow.

    A little spin down Wishbone.

    Some recent profiles.


Cowboy Ridge: Jan 29, 2020


Triggered avalanche: Avalanche Guys

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones


Two dead in an avalanche in Savoie & one seriously injured: France

French tourist caught in Hokkaido Avalanche confirmed dead: Japan

Man buried in avalanche Wednesday dies from Injuries: Iceland

One killed, three rescued from avalanche in Ganderbal : Kashmir

The Avalanche Airbag--A lesson in Fluid dynamics: Backcountry

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