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Issued at 30/08/2016 9:51am. Valid till 2/09/2016 6pm

Fiordland

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
A clear couple of days ahead. Freezing level rising to 2600m briefly.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
10am - 3pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Pockets of wind slab are possibly still sitting on shady slopes above 1700m.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Observations from 28th August - Northern Fiordland. Glide cracks continuing to open up - below 1600m ish on all aspects. Wet slides (size 1-2) can be seen on steep slopes below 1600m - most commonly about 1400m. Evidence of recent wind slab avalanches (size 2) in Northern Fiordland on southern aspects above 1700m

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The last 2 snowfalls fell on the 28th/ and 29th, each with about 30cm from the NW. This fell as rain below 1500m. Above 1700m ish the snow pack is generally well consolidated. It continues to remain a cold winter snowpack. Below 1600m ish the snowpack has been rain soaked and the effects of the sun are evident. Rain runnels can be seen on the surface. Glide cracks are opening up on all aspect and wet slides on steep slopes. Snow depths at lower levels are starting to thin out with about 30cm snow depth at 1000m.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A clear couple of days ahead. Freezing level rising to 2600m briefly.


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Forecast by Brenda George

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