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Avalanche Risk (Local)
21/01/2021 18:55hrs
(Above 1800m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
(1200m - 1800m)
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Mountain Conditions
Thursday 21st January 2021, 18:41hrs: Intermittent rainfall at this stage after receiving 250mm+ (500mm+ on western slopes) over the past 5 days. It snowed to 1000m yesterday from the northwest, this has subsequently melted back to 1500m today. Folks exploring to treeline on Avalanche Peak early this morning reported 20-50cm of fresh snow at treeline (1500m). Some cornicing over south aspects has also been noted through the murk on Main Range ridges above 1600m (previously there was no snow at this level). The new snow barely penetrated the Craigieburn Range, petering out around the Black Range area.

Tomorrow (Friday) should bring some temporary clearances, however storms reappear on Saturday with some heavy rainfall likely, showers then continue until Monday night. Freezing levels are rising now, so fresh snow is likely to melt off rapidly in the higher level rainfalls and gale north-westerlies over the next few days; this will mean rivers across the Parks may see a melt surge alongside the rainfall!

20/01/2021 08:07hrs: Well over 200mm of heavy rainfall (380mm on western slopes) has fallen over the past 72 hours, it is now snowing to 1000m. Further rainfall / low level snowfall is expected through to Saturday - welcome to Summer :)

15/01/2021 18:40hrs: Our very long fine streak ends on Sunday with the return of rain, then heavy rain on Monday/Tuesday driven by gale-force north-westerlies. And as is "tradition" we may receive a pulse of low level snowfall on Wednesday at the tail of the storm.

Climbers have reported back that climbing conditions have been "baking hot" (really early starts avoids the heat-stroke), snow-melt has been rife into the rivers, snow-pack (what remains) is crystalline and mushy, and melting out from above & below, fast. Most routes are back to rock now, or you can weave your way between snow patches. Every glacier seems different, south facing seem to have large bergschrunds pulling away, whilst others seem static or only have minor features at this point. Rockfall from the perimeter of glaciers is a fairly widespread activity this season. The grud on faces is yet to wash off completely.

  • Lyell Peak (1828m)(New) 21/01/2021
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face(New) 16/01/2021
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mottram Peaks (1789m)13/01/2021
    Mottram Peaks (1789m)
  • Mt Damfool (2030m)13/01/2021
    Mt Damfool (2030m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - East aspect13/01/2021
    Mt Harper (2222m) - East aspect
  • Carrington Peak (2010m) - North approach12/01/2021
    Carrington Peak (2010m) - North approach
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m) - West & South Aspects12/01/2021
    Mt Armstrong (2110m) - West & South Aspects
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m) - West aspect12/01/2021
    Mt Guinevere (2042m) - West aspect
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m) - West aspect12/01/2021
    Mt Lancelot (2112m) - West aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches12/01/2021
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face16/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge16/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face16/12/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face16/12/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - Southwest Ridge15/12/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - Southwest Ridge
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - West Ridge15/12/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - West Ridge
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)14/12/2020
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Blimit (1921m)14/12/2020
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Goat Hill (1656m)14/12/2020
    Goat Hill (1656m)
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - South Face14/12/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - South Face
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Aspect14/12/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Aspect
  • Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects14/12/2020
    Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect14/12/2020
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)14/12/2020
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)14/12/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)14/12/2020
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge14/12/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rosamond (2186m)14/12/2020
    Mt Rosamond (2186m)
  • Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)14/12/2020
    Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)01/12/2020
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
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Weather Information
22 Jan

7 / 13ºC
23 Jan

6 / 12ºC
24 Jan

8 / 11ºC
25 Jan

9 / 15ºC
26 Jan

11 / 19ºC
27 Jan

10 / 16ºC
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Update:22/01/21 06:30hrs
Update: 22/1/21 5:25hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:21hrs
Sunset: 20:05hrs
Temperature: 6.7ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 6.4ºC
Temperature (High): 7.3ºC
Wind Chill: 5.6ºC
Humidity: 34%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1002.28mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 6km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 40km/h (1:09hrs)
Cloud Base: 2568m ASL
Freezing Level: 2061m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0.51mm
Rain Days (2021): 12

Last Update: 22/01/2021 05:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 0.8ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 12.1kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 12.1kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 16.1kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: -2.9ºC
Alt. Air Pressure: 801hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 91.7mm (Today: 0.0mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 39.4cm
Snowpack Depth: 9.7cm
Windslab E: 24.4cm
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut22/01/2021 - 04:00hrs0.0mm15mm79mm
Mid Poulter River22/01/2021 - 04:00hrs0.0mm8mm35.5mm
Grasmere Stn22/01/2021 - 04:00hrs0.0mm2.5mm20mm
Mt Cheeseman22/01/2021 - 04:00hrs0.0mm2.5mm20mm
Goldney Ridge22/01/2021 - 06:40hrs1mm47mm124mm

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