I’d love for this post, just days before the 7th Annual Snow and Avalanche Workshop, to be an avalanche advisory. Heck, I’d be content with a General Bulletin warning of potentially unstable pockets of snow. But the reality is that the weather, and the climate, sets the stage for mountain travel conditions and the […]
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Do you have skills that you can bring to the USFS team? The Mount Washington Avalanche Center will be advertising and filling a full-time, year round position soon. In addition to avalanche forecasting, outreach and education and SAR responsibilities during the winter and spring months, this position also manages the backcountry and wilderness program on […]
Social media has been alive and bristling with opinions on last weekend’s avalanche cycle. Rather than join that fray, on social media anyway, I thought I would share a few thoughts here from the perspective of an avalanche forecaster, former guide, and rescuer. Friday night, March 31, we received 12 inches of snow on light […]
At around 11:30a.m., a pair of hikers set out from Pinkham Notch to summit via Huntington Ravine. At approximately 4:45p.m., snow ranger staff were contacted by AMC front desk staff that there were 2 hikers stranded near Central Gully in Huntington Ravine. Scouting in the Ravine revealed that the pair of climbers were actually located approximately […]
Six calls for minor injuries or missing climbers or hikers were received during this time period. Two of the incidents were injuries that required transport via USFS staff and equipment while the other four were worked out the parties themselves or cooperators.
5″ of snow in the past 24 hours combined with strong west winds make large, human-triggered avalanches possible in Tuckerman Ravine. As a result, expect Considerable avalanche danger in the Lip, Center Bowl and Chute. Wide spread but smaller wind-slabs in Huntington so expect Moderate danger there, possibly pushing towards Considerable in a few strong […]
A look into Tuckerman Ravine following the 8″ snow which fell on calm winds on Feb 15/16. Slowly increasing NW winds into the 50-60 mph range Thursday afternoon ramped up higher through the night. Here’s a look at the avalanches that resulted and the terrain as of Friday at around 1pm. 68″ of snow has […]
Swing by International Mountain Equipment in North Conway this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 when the post-climbing social hour will be going on. Some of our forecast team, including our newest recruit, Ryan Matz, will be on hand to talk snow and avalanches or to just shoot the breeze. Snow Rangers may or may not be […]
The website plugin that allowed observation submissions through our website hasn’t been functioning properly, leading to lots of confusing conversations with folks about information we never received. Some folks were submitting information through other channels like Instagram, Facebook messenger and occasionally through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for those observations and please keep them coming. Recent observations […]
You may have noticed the new map adjacent to our avalanche advisory on our homepage this week. MWAC superstar volunteer, Jeff Fongemie, created this map plugin and and brought to fruition a goal of ours to make it easier to visualize areas of hazard in our forecast areas. Additionally, many folks either don’t know the […]
The NH Fish and Game is searching for a 47 year old French speaking, white male who was last seen at Pinkham Notch mid-day Monday. The 5’8″, 300 lb man appears to have gone for hike in the area. The man was last seen in jeans and sandals in Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. If you have […]
As I roll into my last month in the Ravine after a bunch of years I have been reflecting about many things I have seen on Mount Washington over time. This mountain’s landscape, and all of you collectively, have been with me since I was very young and therefore have influenced who I have become. As […]
This is a quick post in prelude to the afternoon “Weekend Update” which we’ll post between 3 and 6pm. The weather maker moving through the area today will give us up to 0.45-.5″ of total melt water, primarily rain in the mountains. Currently the valleys and the summits are colder than avalanche terrain at the […]
NEWS RELEASE USDA Forest Service White Mountain National Forest For Immediate Release Contact: Tiffany Benna email@example.com or 603.348.0078 Icy Conditions in Tuckerman Ravine Lead to Two Evacuations On Sunday, March 14, 2016, weather on Mount Washington was in the high 20’s (F) with bright sunshine and moderate northwest winds. Rain the […]
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