2018-12-12 wind loading, 3pm

By Frank Carus | MWAC forecaster

Date of Observation: December 12, 2018  3:00 PM
Location of Observation: Mount Washington, East side

.06 SWE fell early in the morning, likely around 2 inches very low density snow. Northwest wind for a couple of hours in the 60-70 mph range moving snow in plumes this afternoon. Small human-triggered avalanche in Right Gully ( plus another but with no details provided) reported to HL caretaker. Only fair stability reported in GoS by skiers there earlier in the day.


Snowpack observations are one part of the complex puzzle which is your decision to enter avalanche terrain. Some observations may include stability tests. It’s important to understand that the results of a stability tests are seldom conclusive anywhere, but particularly in snow climates and terrain like ours where the primary driver of instabilities is wind drifted snow. Many stability tests exist and each works best with specific avalanche problem types. Stability test results should never be used alone as an indication that a slope or conditions are safe particularly when more obvious red flags are present. Please use this page as part of your information gathering process, but don’t make decisions based on a single piece of information. A good article that summarizes some of the issues associated with snow and avalanche observations can be found here.

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