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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

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Route & General Observations

Afternoon ride up to the Seattle Ridge weather station (continuing to trouble shoot the camera data feed issues).

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Loose Snow
Aspect South SoutheastElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
Width 100ftVertical Run 800ft
Avalanche Details

Several wet loose avalanches on the Seattle Ridge road side (SE facing slope). Initiated around 2,000-2,400' and ran to around 1,500' or so. One occurred today and the others either today or yesterday.

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Observer Comments

Solar warming. On southerly slopes out of the wind the surface was wet in the late afternoon.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sunny with a steady NW breeze in the 5-15mph range.
Temps near 30F at 2,500' and near 40F in the parking lot.

Snow surface

Crusty... except in the late afternoon where the sun was able to soften the crust out of the breezy NW winds.
Many slopes never heated up enough to melt the surface crusts.
Even on north aspects, a thin crust over old soft settled powder exists, at least to the 2,500' in elevation (but I'm suspect this crust exists higher on the northerlies).
Looks and feels quite like springtime!

Snowpack

No snow pits dug today. Other than the wet snow avalanche issues, we did not see any signs of dry snow or slab avalanche issues.

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