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"That spot seems to be a bit more protected. We used to use a plot at the bottom of Harmony but we found it wasn't a good average," said veteran patroller Tindle.
The Whistler Mountain weather office near the Roundhouse is also an official Environment Canada reporting station, and Tindle has been forecasting from here for 15 years, looking at different models to anticipate the coming weather.
readings on snow base and new snowfall come in from Tindle and Horvath from the
Pig Alley Weather Station, and the Snow Phone crew update their message for the
7:30 a.m. update, and throughout the day.
is watching the weather here.
weather events that fuel Whistler legends and keep ski patrol busy doing
avalanche control are on VANOC’s radar too. But for slightly different reasons.
A 40 cm
snow day, low heavy cloud, or the Pacific Ocean sub-tropical jet-stream that
comes bearing pineapples, have the potential to wreak havoc on an alpine skiing
event, and VANOC’s logistics people are trying to plan for the contingencies.
In May, a
committee completed an Operational Weather Impact Assessment, producing daily
Operations Centre reports based on real-time conditions during February and
March 2007, as if the Games were happening then.
learned? The biggest issue is the biggest wild-card.
said: “Weather would have been our biggest issue during this period and must be
considered in all operational planning.”
conditions can change the competition schedule, causing postponements, delays
and cancellations. Transportation operations would be affected. Broadcasting
arrangements would be impacted, with possible screening conflicts arising out
of competition delays. Volunteer morale would suffer under inclement
conditions. Spectator experience may be negatively impacted. Temporary built
infrastructure might be challenged beyond its capacity.
greatest impacts, had the Olympics run against a backdrop of 2007’s weather,
would have been on the alpine skiing events.