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Issued at 30/07/2016 7:26am. Valid till 31/07/2016 6pm

Taranaki

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
4
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:
The avalanche danger is set to stay at High for the upper mountain due to the current conditions and forecast of more snow, as we have a slightly clearance this morning we will endeavor to make more high assessments before this next weather system hits us today. The main concern is around the wind slab that has formed on leeward aspects and the depth of the instability within this. Due to the weather at the moment this will not change quickly and more snow loading later in the day is going to add extra weight to an already existing hazard. Please remember even though the danger rating is for the upper mountain any small avalanche now has the opportunity to travel some distance thanks to the previous wet avalanches filling up the paths. This means many of those upper tracks on the mountain that are still in the upper mountain shrub will be affected. Safe travel is required on all tracks crossing potential avalanche paths. As human triggered avalanches are very likely any travel high on the mountain should be avoided. This forecast maybe up dated during the day as conditions are assessed.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No observations or reports of any activity in the past 48hrs, please report any sightings.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
In the past 36hrs we have received a significant amount of snow on the mountain with strong South Westerly winds giving us concern around areas of wind slab. Theses large areas of wind slab are up to one metre in depth with an instability within this new snow. There has been a good bond between the old and new snow and no significant instabilities currently exist within the old. The new snow instability is at a varied depth across the mountain due to local wind affect.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A small front is set to pass across us today bring more snow and wind with the snow forecasted to 700m on the mountain. It looks like this could be a pattern for the next few days with early next week providing a few more fine spells.


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Forecast by Todd Cations-Velvin

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