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Tag: Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

May
11th

Special avalanche alert issued for Cascades, Olympics

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center released a “special avalanche forecast” this morning warning back country travelers in the Cascades and Olympics that the risk of avalanche is currently very high. From the NWAC forecast:

Increasingly warm and mostly fair weather Friday through Monday along with light winds should allow for warming, melt and weakening to affect progressively deeper layers of the snowpack at increasingly high elevations.

As a result, a spring slide cycle involving much of the past season’s snowpack is probable..and should increase in intensity and severity through Monday. Increasing large wet loose or wet slab slides

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Dec.
6th

Video of skier buried alive by avalanche shows importance of having correct back country equipment, skills

Hey guys, for the 1,328th time, the Adventure Guys would like to remind you how important it is to have the appropriate skills and tools before skiing in the backcountry. That includes knowing what to do in the event you are trapped in an avalanche.

Check out this video. Watch how quietly and easily this avalanche buries this skier. Thanks to dailyhiker.com for pointing this video out to us this morning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbuk9AyEap8

Here’s the message the avalanche victim posted along with the video:

This is the footage of me getting buried in an avalanche in Verbier, Switzerland on the 28th

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June
11th

Warm forecast increases avalanche danger

With good weather in the weekend forecast, many folks are going to be heading to the outdoors. But, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, people should stay off the higher slopes of mountains in the Cascades and Olympics because of extreme avalanche danger.

Meteorologist Kenny Kramer with the center told the Associated Press that heavy snowfall last week and expected sunshine and warm weather will make it very dangerous above 8,000 feet. He says hikers should particularly avoid Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak and Mount Baker.

“The warming and sun should produce

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