18 Mar 2020

March 18, 2020

    YESTERDAY:

    The clouds dissipated quickly Tuesday morning.

    Closed signs at the bottom of Whistler. Gondola's put to bed.

    Tobogganing is very popular. Another example of social distancing!

    Tuesday March 17, 2020. 15:00 Hrs. +1.5 Deg C with a 10-15 KPH NNW wind.

    Satellite image from the same time frame as above image.

    Big Picture Tuesday afternoon.

    Weekend Chutes later in the pm. Blue Bird. High @2180 meters on Tuesday was -3.9 Deg C.

    Cars have been removed on the Blackcomb Gondola.

    20:00 Hrs Tuesday Evening.



Weather Observations for March 18, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -6, Winds were 5-10 KPH NNE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -7, Winds were 5-10 KPH N--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -6, Winds were  0-5 KPH NW --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -6, Winds were  0-5 KPH NW--Round House
1650 meters    -6, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 249 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters    -5, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 167 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -5, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +12.4, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday.

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


FORECAST:

High pressure aloft will bring sunny skies for today in a Northerly flow aloft. The freezing level will max out at around 1800 meters. A low sliding down the coast of Vancouver Island will spill some cloud into the area Thursday with a mix of sun and cloud. Sunny again for Friday as the high strengthens again. Ridge will begin to weaken on Saturday with a mix of sun and cloud. Sunday will see more cloud than sun before  an upper trough moves down the coast with light precipitation expected by Monday. Guesstimates; No precipitation until Monday!



    GOES IR image from this am.


     Arctic High will bring sunny skies for today.





    Fronts along the coast.

    Low moving South along the coast + Surface High will bring unsettled dry weather Thursday.






     Sunny again Friday, high the dominant pattern. 


    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    Skier triggered avalanche at Jakes Peak, CA. Article below.                                              Net Pic

    Some new activity on Mount Currie.

    Local wet loose on lower elevations.


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Melt freeze on Phalanx Ridge.

    Saint Patty's Day in Whistler!!

    Social gathering on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. High at 660 meters (#1100875) was + 12.4 Deg

    This would be 3 meters (9.9 Ft) apart, likely not enough for COVID-19. In the background mm's.


    We should be taking this seriously.                                                                         Darth Voter Image



AVALANCHE CANADA MIN REPORTS:

Kyber: March 16, 2020

Callaghan Basin: March 16, 2020

Spearhead Solar Warming: March 16, 2020

Wedgemont: March 17, 2020

Spearhead: March 17, 2020




VIDEOS:

Whistler Weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Skiing in Ireland: Mourne Mountains



ARTICLES:

No injuries reported in skier-triggered backcountry avalanche at Lake Tahoe: Jakes Peak

Another article on Skier triggered avalanche: beacon search was initiated: Jakes Peak

Climber cheated death when an avalanche cushioned his 600 Ft fall: Scotland

Avalanche Canada calling for user data amid backcountry business shutdowns: AvCan

Parks Canada suspends services across Canada: WaWa News

Avalanche Canada says forecasting more difficult due to COVID-19: Bow Valley

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