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Dave

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Snow!
« on: May 23, 2006, 02:26:35 PM »
Mount Washington is reporting 15" of new snow the last 24 hours and says that some avalanche activity may occur today. So much for spring. Floods then snow! I don't want to hear anymore shit about global warming for a while! :(
« Last Edit: May 23, 2006, 03:07:33 PM by Dave »

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Re: Snow!
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 02:57:49 PM »
well let's not get hysterical here...  ;D  the 24 hour snowfall is 3.3 inches. they have had 15 inches in the past 3 days however. makes you wonder if Pinnacle might come in again! <grin> wishful thinking I know... anywho, here is the tuckerman.org report from Justin P. for today:

Tuckerman Ravine has MODERATE and LOW avalanche danger today. The Headwall, Lip and Bowl have Moderate avalanche danger. Natural avalanches are unlikely and human triggered avalanches are possible. Use caution in steeper terrain. All other forecast areas have Low avalanche danger. Natural avalanches are very unlikely and human triggered avalanches are unlikely except in isolated pockets. Normal caution is advised.

A "General Advisory" for Huntington Ravine is currently in effect. You will need to rely on your own snow stability assessments when traveling in this area. There is a danger of falling ice and it will persist until it all comes down.

After more than 15"(38cm) of snow during the last few days, winter may begin to release its icy grasp on the mountain. NW winds have been steadily transporting snow from the Summit cone toward Tucks and the crevassed slopes with SE aspects have been picking up the most snow. The area from the Sluice through the Lip and over across the Headwall is the portion of the Ravine that concerns us the most though all areas may have pockets of instability. As new snow fell it landed on a relatively warm, rough, old snowpack and bonding was initially decent. The suspect interface or weak layer is currently within the new snow but the chance for a switch to rain late in the day may affect the deeper wet interface between old melt-freeze snow and the first snow of this storm cycle. As temperatures increase more free water will begin to move through the snowpack breaking down bonds and lubricating weak layers. In addition to slab avalanche activity there is a distinct possibility that loose snow or point release avalanche activity will occur today. As the snow warms and rain adds weight, large natural and human triggered sloughing may occur. Keep a watchful eye on this type of activity as even a relatively small slough may have the oomph to knock you off your feet and down into whatever hazard lurks below.
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Re: Snow!
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006, 03:03:44 PM »
15" of snow. WTF! If it moves a little south maybe the slabs will be skiable. ;D ;)
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Re: Snow!
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2006, 12:42:57 PM »
Lots of skiers up in the pinkham lots on Sunday.  The east snowfields looked amazingly good still.  The ravine headwall is looking pretty scratchy.


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Re: Snow!
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2006, 07:22:04 AM »
even more folks were on the east snowfields & some in Airplane Gully. many drove up the Auto Road. apparently it was a very nice day up there.
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