Posts Categorized: Snowpack

Snowpack Update: 03-22-2020 Image

Snowpack Update: 03-22-2020

General | Snowpack | Weather

This month’s snowpack update comes as we transition from winter to spring. As of March 22, the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) totals in west central Montana are just above average (Figure 1).   After a month of small storms and average temperatures, our primary avalanche concerns are focused on...

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Snowpack Update

General | Snowpack | Weather

Snowpack Discussion  The snowpack continues to evolve in West Central Montana. In late January, our primary avalanche concern was persistent slab avalanches failing on facets at the bottom of the snowpack. During this time period, several natural persistent slab avalanches failed near the ground. Although the exact timing remains...

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01-24-20 Snowpack Update Image

01-24-20 Snowpack Update

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

Avalanche conditions from January 11th until January 24th have been at considerable danger, trending towards moderate danger. We are currently most concerned with persistent weak layers, failing near the ground on depth hoar and facets. The second problematic persistent weak layer is a combination buried surface hoar, near-surface facets, and crusts. This weak layer is found at different...

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Snowpack Upadate 01/10/2020 Image

Snowpack Upadate 01/10/2020

Snowpack

1-10-20 Snowpack Update After the winter solstice, we got a small snowstorm that deposited a few inches of snow and a crust layer on the top of the snowpack. Before the New Year storm cycle, we developed a surface hoar, crust, near-surface combo, which has been the cause of...

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Snowpack Summery 12/24/2019 Image

Snowpack Summery 12/24/2019

Snowpack

Snowpack Summary 24/12/2019 What to say about this season’s snowpack? It’s the focus of many conversations I’m having recently, mostly about when we are going to get one. From a ski and snowboard perspective, it’s a bit grim, high snow line, lots of exposed hazards, poor snowpack structure with...

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BEERS WITH YOUR AVALANCHE FORECASTER

Education | Snowpack | Weather

WCMAC forecasters are in the field analyzing how recent storm snow is gaining strength, tracking where the wind is drifting snow and keeping a close eye on buried persistent weak layers. This Thursday 1/10/19 from 6 – 8 PM at Big Sky Brewing, they will return from a day in...

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Avalanche Terrain | Generating Travel Plans Image

Avalanche Terrain | Generating Travel Plans

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

Generating backcountry travel plans without avalanche center forecast information requires knowledge of weather events. Review snotel data for current snow totals and weather station data for temperatures, wind trends, and speeds. With these tools, you can get an idea of the avalanche problems you could encounter on your trip and choose appropriate terrain...

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What you don’t know can kill you

Education | General | Snowpack

Many avalanche victims don’t know they are in avalanche danger and are unprepared to deal with an avalanche. This doesn’t have to happen – the danger signs are usually obvious to those who know what to look for. Just as those in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip...

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The Mountain Weather Lecture Series

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

In conjunction with UM Campus Recreation, the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation is hosting a free two-part Mountain Weather lecture series. Featuring guest speaker, LeeAnn Allegretto, NOAA Meteorologist and Avalanche Program Leader from the National Weather Service. Both sections are open to the public and will be held in the...

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Great Article on How to Interpret ECT’s Image

Great Article on How to Interpret ECT’s

Snowpack

Here is a great article on the Black Diamond Site that talks about the uses of snow pack tests to see how sensitive a persistent weak layer is. Here is the link We are having a free Avalanche Awareness Class Tonight 600 pm at North Underground Urey Lecture Hall...

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