17 Mar 2020

March 17, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    Mount Cayley < click for info.

    Not too many sleds out there yesterday. Good sledding not very good skiing/snowboarding.

    Not much going on in that direction.

    Mount Fee < click for info.

    Satellite image just after noon.

    Big picture Monday afternoon.

    Monday March 16, 2020. 17:00 Hrs. -0.5 Deg C with a 10-15 South wind.

    A Dozen or a Baker's Dozen?? Not social distancing!!

    Later in the afternoon. High at 1860 meters yesterday was +5.2 Deg C at 18;30 Hrs.


Weather Observations for March 17, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -3, Winds were 15-20 KPH WNW--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -4, Winds were  5-10 KPH N--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -2, Winds were  5-10 KPH N --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -2, Winds were  5-10 KPH NNE--Round House
1650 meters    -3, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 250 cm --Pig Alley
1570 meters .  -2, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 173 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -5, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +8.6, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.


    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have high overcast and unlimited visibility.


FORECAST:

The ridge continues to bring sunny weather in a Northerly flow aloft. Some cloud around this am with a weak upper level trough pushing through from the North with sunny skies by this afternoon. Sunrise is 07:20 Hrs this am with sunset at 19:20 Hrs tonight-12 Hrs of daylight-12 hours of nightlight. The freezing level will rise to 1500+ meters with daytime heating. Wednesday starts out sunny with some cloud pushing in for the afternoon. Unsettled weather for the remainder of the week with a mix of sun and cloud but dry. Possibly wet by Monday with an upper level low sending cloud our way Sunday. Guesstimates: No precipitation until Sunday night.


    GOES IR image from this am. Weak disturbance pushing through from the North.

    High pressure with a weak low to the South. Cloudy in the am, sunny by this afternoon.





    Fronts along the coast.

     Low spills some cloud into the zone Wednesday afternoon.





     Unsettled weather as the Arctic high and low in the Pacific mix and match.


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

     An avalanche in the Khibiny Mountains, Russia has killed a climber. Article below.     Net Pic

    New avalanche activity on Armchair.

    Recent dry loose to slab.

    Recent wet loose.

    Looks like an old cornice collapse, less than 1 week old.

    Old loose wet. High yesterday at 2240 meters was +0.3 Deg C at 20:00 Hrs.




     INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Yes, the last wind event messed up the backountry.

    Huge Sastrugi.

    If you stepped on the hard wind slab/sastrugi you could feel settlement.

    Old snowmobile tracks exposed from the scouring winds.

    Activities with social distancing.

    Dog Sledding on Green Lake

    There are some very large cornices out there.


AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Mystery Creek: March 15, 2020

Blowdown Cabin Area: March 15, 2020

Central Duffey: March 15, 2020

Journeyman Lodge: March 15, 2020


VIDEOS:

You are your own avalanche expert now: Avalanche Guys

Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones


ARTICLES:

An avalanche has killed a climber in the Khibiny Mountains: Russia

Homes evacuated due to avalanche risk: Iceland

What to know when self-quanatining in the backcountry: Snowboarder

Red closed; Closure includes ski tourers and snow machines: Rossland

Whistler Blackcomb has announced they are closed for the rest of the season: City News

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