20 Feb 2020

February 20, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Another awesome morning.

    Wednesday February 19, 2020. 13:00 Hrs. +2 Deg c with a 5-10 KPH breeze.

    Same time frame as above image.

    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.

    Mount Garibaldi in the background.

    Looking towards Blackcomb.

    Another awesome afternoon.

    17:00 Hrs, Alpin Glow is beginning.



Weather Observations for February 20, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -6, Winds were 25-35 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -8, Winds were 30-40 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -4, Winds were 15-20 KPH SE --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH ESE--Round House
1650 meters    -7, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 238 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .  -5, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 163 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -8, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.4, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.

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


FORECAST:

High pressure for today in a Westerly/South Westerly flow aloft. The FL will likely hover around 1200 meters, dropping back down to around 700 meters tonight. Unsettled for Friday with a mix of sun and cloud before a weak cold front pushes through Friday night into Saturday morning. Saturday is looking mostly cloudy with a few breaks possible around noon before a more active front arrives for Sunday into Monday. Models are very different for this weekend, so time will tell. Going with the more snow end of the spectrum!! Ridge begins to rebuild for Tuesday.
Guesstimates: 0 cm by Friday morning, 5-10 cm by Saturday morning, 1-4 cm by Sunday morning, 10-20 cm by Monday morning.


     High pressure still in Control for today.





    Fronts along the coast.

     Low begins to push South for Friday, cold front arriving Friday night.





     Weak front on Saturday!




AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    A skier has died in an avalanche in the Chic Choc range in Quebec. Article below.       Net Pic

    Not much going on at Whistler, a few Sz 1 wet loose on steep solar aspects.


   Old ? Fracture line up Fitzsimmons Valley. Possibly this past Tuesday.

    Not sure when it happened?

    Lakeside was closed yesterday afternoon. Some wet loose activity.

    Very warm in the alpine yesterday.



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Still tracks to be had!!

    Different comfort level for this line.

     Warm ar 2180 meters in the sun. High of -1 at 2240 meters yesterday.

    High of +3.4 Deg C at 1835 meters yesterday.

    Surface hoar and melt freeze all in the same location.

    Pin wheeling on solar aspects.

    Lots of folks enjoying Decker Chutes.



AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Tantalus: Feb 18, 2020

Vista Bowl: Feb 19, 2020



VIDEOS:

Whistler Weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Avalanche Panthers: Indian Army



ARTICLES:

A skier has died in an avalanche in the Gaspesie: Quebec

Avalanche danger high in Southcentral Alaska: More snow on the way

Winter holidaymakers warned--Already 15 avalanche deaths this year in Europe: Brussels Times


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