Observations 23-28 July NW Deliverance

CarveMan

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Warming at Buller, still -1.5 outside but can hear lots of dripping of the roof, it’s pretty loaded and the warmth coming up through the building will be doing it’s thing without ambient temps slowing it down.
 

snowgum

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May 4, 1999
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Buller reading at only -1.3 with a lot of nw winds, must be raining soon hopefully not to much damage.
Add ~ 0.5 - 1C for the 100m drop from AWS (@1700m top Tyrol) down to Village Central and she’s getting mighty close? Give it a few hours?
 

SkiMountaineer

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Heads Up regarding AVALANCHE RISK.
These are my on ground observations based on Thurs - Sat morning - Main Range/ Charlottes Pass.
Main Range Thursday was largely windpacked with a solid surface and hard crusty tops
Charlottes Pass- Friday night received drizzle. This froze overnight to form a crusty layer.
Charlottes Pass Saturday morning received snowfalls of small grain lesser faceted structure - ie minimal sides or Shard shapes.
Add what we had last night and we have a definitive layer with a large amount of differing structured snow on top.
I would advise much caution if you are considering sidecountry/ backcountry adventuring. Expect wind loaded areas and convex slopes (rollovers) to have release potential. Please be careful out there folks.
I second that. I would strongly suggest people avoid going side country/back country for at least a week. If you have to, avoid steeper terrain (>30 degree) and North Eastern to South Western facing slopes.
 

Warlock_01

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Started warming up in Falls around 3am this morning, fair bit of drips coming off the roof and the trees are shedding snow. Was going to head out for that 3am ride out on head torches, but decided to give it a miss as the snowpack was quite heavy with a light crust. The weekend had some some epic conditions around all the resorts though, what a July this has been.
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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The picnic table at the bottom left hand part of this picture shows that it is disappearing under the snow. This is quite unusual for Dinner Plain.
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The groomers have started putting the corduroy on the Poma lift slope at Dinner Plain. This is torture being stuck at home under lockdown!!!
:-((
 
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Jacko4650

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Unverified, but neighbors u-beaut weather station recoded a wind gust of 117klm here at Island Bend not long ago. Only form of calibration is that my caravan lifted a wheel for the first time. Scared the bejesus out of me.
 

Jacko4650

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May 15, 2014
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Might wanna get some star pickets...chain and tensioners
Other neighbor has already done just that. I thought of chaining van to tree, but then thought extra forces on said tree might bring it down on top of me. 5cm of slushy crap to deal with underfoot. Will re-align into wind tomoz or escape to Jindy block of land (if I make it through tonight!). Yurt still stands, but looking a bit iffy.
Still 4.1 degrees and VERY gusty.
 
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Gimped

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A lot less snow in thredbo village after a day of warmth and rain. At the moment windy and a lttle misty
 

Winterwolf

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Thredbo looks deserted apart from Friday Flat. Wind hold i suppose, although I'm surprised Merritts is empty.
 

Xplora

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I was told Mt. Wills had good cover on Sunday and snow was great. Rain Monday and it was crap. Had a run at it today and it is certainly rain affected but that will help it for the next dump tomorrow. It could do with another foot or more down low as the road needs some infill. We didn't bother going to the top today. Wind was howling and we turned around as we got into it. Not very pleasant. Lots of trees coming down in these conditions also. More about being wet that windy but the wind is not helping. Snow seems to be holding around the 1350 to 1400 mark even after the rain.
 

Snow Blowey

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Jan 7, 2004
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What will be the snow level tomorrow (around Thredbo) ?

Looks warm until just before lifts close wednesday.

If there is any snow throughout the day up high i think it will be wet snow and rain below say top of gunbarrel. Lowering to valley level around 11pm wednesday night. Thursday will be good all day. Looks like a return to wet on friday and saturday with more snow midday sunday onwards.

SO make the most of Thursday.

A bit disapointing after how it was looking a few days back. May have to give this weekend a miss.
 

rime noreason

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A whiter shade of pale
Great pics - interesting - roughly where is this please? We have so many contributors I’ve lost track of locations? Howqua Hills? Ish?
Thanks @snowgum , thereabouts-ish. Off grid, so no power or wifi. Intermittent phone reception and conserving battery life means little connectivity (and no complaints about that really )

Snow fell low on the weekend probably around 800m, although partner is a major snow driving-aphobe. Despite me driving through a foot of snow when skiing, partner is paranoid here that we’re going die even when just a sprinklingLOL


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So a couple of centimetres of white (and admittedly hellishly slippery mud) is the threshold before the death commentary begins and knuckles turn white gripping the dashboard.

much milder yesterday and today, melt has been swift at lower elevations, mud is slipperier


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The creeks are running high

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This Grey Shrike Thrush was in a quandary, wondering whether to click into the all-mountainor break out the powder skis

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snowgum

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Thanks @snowgum , thereabouts-ish. Off grid, so no power or wifi. Intermittent phone reception and conserving battery life means little connectivity (and no complaints about that really )

Snow fell low on the weekend probably around 800m, although partner is a major snow driving-aphobe. Despite me driving through a foot of snow when skiing, partner is paranoid here that we’re going die even when just a sprinklingLOL


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So a couple of centimetres of white (and admittedly hellishly slippery mud) is the threshold before the death commentary begins and knuckles turn white gripping the dashboard.

much milder yesterday and today, melt has been swift at lower elevations, mud is slipperier


3E381202-7B1B-423D-B9B0-B2443AF4EAD0.jpeg



The creeks are running high

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This Grey Shrike Thrush was in a quandary, wondering whether to click into the all-mountainor break out the powder skis

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Unreal! Very off the grid! Definitely, death-defying snow quantities! ;)

I have seen such drivers on Lake Mtn, stop, point and photograph the first small patch of snow, and the second and third, …? And slow, how slow?

All good - enjoy! :cool: :thumbs:

Good bird pic - a long lens?
 

GlendaN

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The reality of skiing in this part of the world : good quality snow is very rare and doesn't last due to the high temps. Better than nothing I guess
I've skied what I'd call Perisher hardpack at Sun Peaks in a poor snow year (not so long ago) so its a world wide problem with climate change
 

Wally

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Was meant to be up on the Baw Baw / St Gwinear region today and listening to the wind outside and watching the radar at the moment, it looks like a blessing in disguise we're not up there! Thanks Dan!
Fingers crossed not too many trees are down between Stronachs and Mt Whitelaw...
 
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