14 Feb 2020

February 14, 2020

 
     Happy Valentines day

    YESTERDAY:

    Overcast and snow Thursday morning.

    Snowing in Creekside in the am.

    Breaks in between snowfall Thursday morning.


    Thursday February 13, 2020. 15:00 Hrs. -5 Deg C with a 15-35 NNE Wind.


    Image taken at same timeline as above.

    Big Picture at around 15:00 Hrs Thursday afternoon.

    Breaks in the afternoon.

    Challenging visibility on the lower mountain in the afternoon.


Weather Observations for February 14, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -10, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters   -10, Winds were 15-30 KPH SW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -8, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE --Rendezvous 
1835 meters     -7, Winds were 15-35 KPH WSW--Round House
1650 meters     -6, 1 cm in 12 Hrs, 7 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 247 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .   -6, 1 cm in 12 Hrs, 6 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 170 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.8, 2.9 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

An upper level trough will bring unsettled weather for this morning in a Westerly flow aloft. Possible light flurries this am will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon before a warm front arrives tonight into Saturday morning. The freezing level today will range from below surface to around 800 meters.  The front will bring light precipitation to area through Saturday with a trailing cold front. The FL on Saturday may top out at around 1200 meters, dropping to surface with the passage of the cold front. Unsettled on Sunday with mostly cloudy skies, possible flurries and some sunny breaks as a ridge builds in a Northerly flow aloft. Looking nice for Monday in to Wednesday. Guesstimates: 2-6 cm by Saturday morning, 2-6 cm by Sunday morning, trace-1 cm by Monday morning.


    GOES IR image from this am.


    Upper level trough with unsettled weather.






     Weak front for Saturday.





    Unsettled weather for Sunday.



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 21 people. Article below.                           Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed two ski tourers in Switzerland. Article below.                                Net Pic

    On Whistler yesterday Sc Sz 1 soft wind slabs.

    On Blackcomb yesterday Sc Sz 1 soft slabs. Nc (natural cornice drop) noted in Blackcomb Bowl.




    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Peak to Valley long range forecast--At present looking at a strong Pacific storm on its way.

    Thursday morning 08:00 Hrs. Light snow and 0 Deg C.

    Felt like there was more snow in Creekside than at Pig Alley.

     That's a lot of snow cats.

    Very light snow yesterday. Certainly felt like there was more than recorded at the weather plots.

    As of 14:30 hrs yesterday we had 5 cm of new snow recorded at 1570 meters.

    Yesterday at 660 meters we received 2.9 mm of precipitation.

    Avalanche awareness tours offered daily at 12:30 Hours beside sign board Blackcomb Mountain.



AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

All quiet on the Western Front.


VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones



ARTICLES:

Avalanches kill at least 21 people in: Afghanistan

Two ski tourers have been killed in an avalanche at Rossboden Pass: Switzerland

Behind the scenes of helicopter avalanche control: Bombs Away

Backcountry skiers warned of avalanche conditions on Mt Washington: New Hampshire

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