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Tuesday, January 28, 2003
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Good Morning.† This is Bruce Tremper with the
Iíve always loved the word lugubrious mostly because I like the sound of it.† Yesterday, when I was skiing through the rain and wet snow, lugubrious kept popping into my puny brain, not only for the somber mood of the day, but it just sounded right.† The snow was both lubricated and goobered upóin other words, lugubrious.† We got more lugubrious snow overnight with about six inches of damp snow at higher elevations with a couple inches of soggy snow around 8,000í.† Total water weight for this storm seems to be evenly distributed throughout the range from about a half inch to .8 inches.† Snowbasin was the only outlier weighing in at 1.74 inches, which was so much because they got a lot more rain yesterday than other areas. ††The rain-snow line yesterday started out around 9,000í but itís down around 6,000í this morning.
Probably the oldest adage in
the avalanche business is that unusual weather makes unusual avalanches.† In the past 12 hours, weíve had
Be sure to practice safe travel ritual today.† Use good slope cuts before you dive into something, jump on lots of small test slopes, cross avalanche terrain one at a time, and so on.† If youíre patient enough to give it a day, things will likely be significantly more stable tomorrow.
Bottom Line (SLC,
Today the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on most slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper, on slopes that face the north half of the compass, plus east facing slopes at all elevations.† There will be wet sluffs below about 8,000í and soft slabs above about 9,000í with a mixture at elevations in between.† There is a MODERATE danger on south facing slopes and a LOW danger on any slope less than about 30 degrees not connected to steeper slopes above.
The snow and rain will end quickly this morning and we should break out to a partly cloudy skies, but there may be some lingering fog.† Ridge top temperatures should hover in the mid 20ís with light winds from the northwest.† Down at 8,000í temperatures will rise to the mid 30ís.† As for the extended forecast, we should have a nice day on Wednesday with several more relatively weak pulses of moisture clipping us as they travel by mostly to the north of us over the next week.† The next shot will be on Thursday, another one on the weekend, and another one by mid week.
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To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax to 801-524-6301.† The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content.† This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by on Wednesday morning.
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