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  Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks


Copyright© Billy Pierson

Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Wind Not Very Strong, but Local build-ups and Poor Visibility likely

The upper winds (+20,000 ft) are about 40 knots from WSW, and the same TREND will continue for another 3 to 4 days. No significant change expected in the prevailing wind trend.

The 100% Clear days are not possible till weekend especially for K2 West face. But No STORMY conditions expected to develope, occasional local build-ups may cause poor visibility over high altitudes and isolated light snow/flakes for short intervals during next three days. Be careful about POOR VISIBILITY only. Hanif.

Earlier: Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Strong Wind abating gradually, Local build-ups likely

The strong wind, prevailing since last many days, is abating gradually but the wind direction is still South-Westerly which may create isolated build-ups at times (ie giving rain/showers at low altitudes and snow/poor visibility over high altitudes for short times) but NO STORM likely. Such conditions are expected to prevail during next 3 to 4 days. Climbers may resume/continue their activities, keeping in mind that the chances of local build-ups cannot be ruled out.  HANIF.

Update: Weather ALERT for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Take care on Thu/Fri; Weather likely to improve from Saturday

The prevailing strong winds and other indicators suggest that the currents weather  situation will prevail for another two days. Be careful of FRIDAY as K2/GBI,II/BPks would be in the grip of jet-tail (very strong winds).

Weather likely to improve gradually from Saturday. Sun/Mon (19-20 Aug) are good, Tuesday may be slightly bad for short time. Then 22-25 Aug period is much better again. HANIF.

Earlier: Weather ALERT for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Slightly good weather on Monday, then again Bad on Tue/Wed

Strong winds have gripped all main Peaks especially K2, which may last for another 3 to 4 days. Weather may be good comparatively on Monday, but it will be bad again on Tuesday evening. Climbers are advised to take care on Tue/Wed. HANIF.

Earlier: Strong winds heading towards northern parts of Pakistan and likely to grip all main Peaks on Sunday evening which may last for 4 to 5 days. These high/strong winds would cause occasional snow storms and  poor visibility. Current week (especially evenings/afternoons) will be Hard due to strong winds but some short windows (half-day’s) likely during the period. HANIF.

Earlier: 8/08/2007: Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks
Weather is further improving

Some local clouds are still prevailing, just thin sheets of high clouds which may cause some FOG at times, but No Stormy conditions & heavy snow is expected. The winds speed is also decreasing gradually and more clearance likely from Thursday. HANIF.

Update 8/07/2007: Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Go ahead, Next 4 to 5 days are good

The weather is now CLEAR, don’t worry by some local build-ups and GO AHEAD. Next 4 to 5 days (at least) are good, avail this window. HANIF

Update 8/06/2007: Weather ALERT K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks
Be careful on Monday; A good Window starting from Tue/Wed.

All climbers (especially for K2) are advised to remain very careful on Monday as High Winds would cause snow/showers and poor visibility over/around all main Peaks. The strong winds are likely to abate gradually from Tuesday, then improving the weather.
A good window of 4 to 5 days (at least) will start on Tue/Wed. HANIF.

Update 8/04/2007: Weather for K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks 

Weather is much better, but  Take care on Monday Evening. The weather has improved suddenly but don’t take it 100 supportive as upper winds are still very strong. Much of the day time on Sunday and Monday would be better but take care on Monday evening/afternoon. HANIF.

The weather can change quickly be careful.

Update 8/02/2007: Weather ALERT K2, NP, GBI/II and Broad Peaks

Weather is Not advisable especially for K2, Take care on Thu/Fri/Sat

100%  Clear Weather is Not possible in Next 4 Days (Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun) but some short interval windows (3 to 4 hourly) likely during first half of each day. K2 and adjoining Peaks are expected to remain in the grip of very strong winds (speed nearly 100 knots, direction SW) during Thursday evening to Friday evening. Climbers are advised to be very careful on Friday as weather would be very bad due to SNOW over peaks (west and south-west of K2) and poor visibility. Weather will start to improve gradually from Sun/Mon giving a 3 days window. HANIF.

Update 7/30/2007: The prevailing weather (due to local build-ups, as mentioned in previous report) is improving gradually, Tuesday may be slightly better but likely to disturb again at evening/night. Climbers are advised to remain CAREFUL on Wed/Thu as occasional Snow over all main Peaks and showers in base-camps is expected on both days. While the upper winds(+20,000 ft) are expected to remain very strong (near 100 knots, W/SW). HANIF.

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