29 Feb 2020

February 29, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Early Friday morning.

    Warm Valley means green trees!!

    Snow line was in the 1200 meter range.

    Snowing at 2240 meters at 10:00 Hrs.

    Overcast Friday am.

    Friday February 28, 2020. 12:00 Hrs. -2,9 Deg C with a 15-30 KPH ESE wind.

    Friday afternoon.

    Big picture Friday afternoon.

    Snowing 3 cm per hour at times in the afternoon.

    Snowing at 1000 meters at 16:15 Hours.


Weather Observations for February 29, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -10, Winds were 15-30 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -10, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -8, Winds were 15-20 KPH S --Rendezvous 
1835 meters      -8, Winds were 20-35 KPH SSW--Round House
1650 meters      -6, 18 cm in 12 Hrs, 21 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 264 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .    -6, 13 cm in 12 Hrs, 15 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 183 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.9, 6.7 mm of precip yesterday.


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


FORECAST:

An upper level trough is pushing through this morning, followed by some weak ridging in a Northerly flow aloft. The freezing level is around 900 meters and will drop back down to surface later today. Unsettled this am with sunny breaks developing, slowly becoming mostly sunny by the end of the day. A few isolated flurries possible this am. Unsettled Sunday morning with some sunny breaks before a weak system pushing in for Sunday afternoon into Monday. Several Pacific fronts in a North Westerly flow will are forecasted for next week. Guesstimates: trace-1 cm by Sunday morning, trace-2 cm by Monday morning, 2-6 cm by Tuesday morning.



     GOES IR image from this am.

     Low has moved to the East, High pushing into our zone for today.





    Fronts along the coast.

      Low to the North will send cloud down the coast by Sunday afternoon.





     Weak front for Monday.




    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    A climber was rescued after an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Scotland. Article below.             Net Pic

    A Russian Tourist was recovered after being buried for two hours near Bansko. Article below.

    Sc Sz 1-1.5 later in the afternoon with new snow and moderate winds.

    Some Sz 1 Sc on Blackcomb.



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Visibility on Whistler Peak was challenging most of the day.

    Snow line came down to just above the valley floor.

    Snowing and blowing in the pm.

    Building cornice.

    Yesterday 2 cm recorded at 1570 meters at 14:30 hrs. Base 171 cm. Then it started snowing.



AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Rohr Ridge: Feb 28, 2020



VIDEOS:

Whistler Weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Ski Cutting in the backcountry: Powder Cloud



ARTICLES:

Russian rescued after avalanche while skiing off-piste in Bansko: Bulgaria

Climber rescued after avalanche on Ben Nevis: Scotland

Avalanche triggered by a snow cat groomer in the Gallatin Range: Montana

Entering into prohibited zone forces closure of Backcountry area in Rogers Pass: British Columbia

Colorado's SAR Teams overwhelmed: Vail Daily

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