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Avalanche: Mary Ellen

Observer Name
Zimmerman-Wall
Observation Date
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Avalanche Date
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Region
Mary Ellen
Location Name or Route
Y-Not Buttress and Mary Ellen Gulch
Elevation
10,000'
Aspect
East
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow
Depth
unknown
Width
Unknown
Vertical
350'
Comments
Another warm day in American Fork Canyon and Mary Ellen Gulch. Cloud cover became SCT by 12pm and wind was light from the West. Significant warming this weekend has led to multiple wet slides across the range. We stood and watched multiple wet slides come down on East and Southeast facing slopes just after 1pm. They would start as point releases around rock features and entrain the top 10-15cm of new snow. Debris was very slow moving but would pile up 5-6 feet deep as the they came to rest. Observed East face of Y-Not buttress and East face of Silver Creek Peak run during periods of direct solar input. Photo is of YNot wet lose slides and multiple roller ball point releases.
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