Winds lately have been mainly from the northwest. However, with terrain channeling we have been seeing south and southwesterly winds as well – mostly confined to the mid elevations. If you are getting out in these frigid conditions, keep a look out for any wind deposited snow on just about any aspect. These are likely stubborn and stiff but also likely sitting on loose faceted snow and something to watch for.
Photo below was sent in Saturday Nov 16th – Pastoral Peak from Tincan. Even though it’s been a few days, this continues to be the theme in the Turnagain region – clear sky and moderate NW winds. Note the wind in this picture is blowing from the SW due to terrain channeling.
Most of Alaska continues it’s descent into the deep freeze – as seen by the green line in the graph below. Minus single digits have covered most areas during the past 24hrs and a nice inversion has set in with minus double digits in the creek bottoms. Winds have been NW for the past five days blowing 5-15mph with gusts into the 20’s on the ridgelines. The persistent clear/cold weather will last through Wednesday and our next chance for snow looks to be Thursday night into Friday. Stay tuned.
SUNBURST – Friends of the CNFAIC Weather Station (3,812ft)
Nov 13th – 19th
Wind above has predominantly been from the NW during this entire period. The warm up on the 14th was due to a warm moist air mass that quickly moved through from the west.
Our monthly weather charts are now up and running. These are updated every few days and found on the Weather History link under the Weather tab. Here is November to date.
Sunburst and Seattle Webcams: We are working on getting these back up and running and apologize for the inconvenience.
|05/28/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Turnagain Pass – late May wet slab cycle||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/21/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Magnum, Lipps and Tincan||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/17/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Sunburst||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/17/22||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan Ridge||Joe Kurtak|
|05/11/22||Turnagain||Avalanche: Cornbiscuit and Magnum west faces||CNFAIC Staff Forecaster|
|05/07/22||Turnagain||Observation: Granddaddy||Kit Barton|
|04/29/22||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst wx station||AS/ MM/ AM/ NH|
|04/28/22||Turnagain||Observation: More Turnagain Pass/Summit Lake wet slab activity||Alex Marienthal|
|04/27/22||Turnagain||Observation: Magnum||Sykes / Buttrick Forecaster|
|04/27/22||Turnagain||Observation: Girdwood/Summit/Turnagain Road obs||A S|
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