19 Feb 2020

February 19, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Another amazing day on Tuesday.

    Blackcomb Peak--DOA--Down Out & Around.

    The backcountry is a busy place.

    There were a few high clouds around in the afternoon.

    Still some nice snow on Northerly aspects.

    Tuesday Afternoon.

    Big Picture Thursday afternoon.

    Later in the afternoon.


Weather Observations for February 19, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -5, Winds were 15-20 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -5, Winds were  5-10 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -3, Winds were  5-10 KPH SE --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -2, Winds were    0-5 KPH SW--Round House
1650 meters    -7, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 242 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters    -5, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 164 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -8, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.0, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

    Same at 1835 meters.



FORECAST:

The upper level ridge will bring another sunny day with slightly warmer temperatures in a Northerly changing to Southerly flow aloft. More of the same for Thursday. A frontal system will move down the coast Friday bringing mostly cloudy weather with some precipitation forecasted for Friday night.
This front has a good chance of bringing some precipitation for Saturday, but the real storm should arrive on Sunday. Will have a better idea tomorrow! No snow for the next few days.

    GOES IR image from this am.


     High pressure for today with a good chance of an inversion.





    Fronts along the coast.

     High pressure again for Thursday.





     Low to the north will send cloud our way for Friday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

     Women rescued from an avalanche in Verbier. Video and article below.

    No new avalanche activity reported on Whistler.

    Not much to report on Blackcomb, 1 Xc Sz 1.5 



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Cornice line on Lower Disease Ridge is large.

    Extremely Canadian Big Mountain Awareness participants.

    Terrain Park is looking awesome.

    Off on an adventure.

    Happy Raven Pair enjoying the sun.

    Surface Hoar is getting bigger.

    Sun Bowl




AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Wendy Thompson Hut: Feb 17, 2020

Faceting & Surface Hoar: Feb 17, 2020



VIDEOS:

Whistler weather with meteorologist : David Jones

Kids sledding caught in an avalanche: Turkey

Women dug out of avalanche: Verbier




ARTICLES:

Woman rescued from avalanche in Verbier: Switzerland

7 avalanches descend in Almaty region: Kyrgyzstan

Avalanche risks are growing for inbound skiers/riders--Here's how to stay safe: Matador network

Solving the mystery of Colorado's record avalanche season: What the Trees Know

How to read an avalanche forecast: AlpenGlow Sports

Forecasts for the Logan Area Mountains: Utah

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