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Avalanche: Meadow Fork

Observer Name
Brett Kobernik
Observation Date
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Avalanche Date
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Region
Meadow Fork
Location Name or Route
Meadow Fork
Elevation
9,500'
Aspect
Northwest
Trigger
Natural
Depth
3'
Width
250'
Vertical
150'
Comments
I was surprised to find this avalanche.  It's in an odd location that I haven't seen avalanche before.  I would not expect to see much activity on this type of slope.  It appears that it was a pocket that got overloaded by the wind on Thursday evening.
One thing I did note was that it failed on a very thin heat crust.  Given the aspect and the relatively high sun angle, it's likely that this slope had a "radiational recrystalization" crust form two weeks ago.  It is difficult to confirm this but it is the most likely reason there would be a heat crust on a northwest facing slope. 
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