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Issued at 31/07/2014 7:19am. Valid till 3/08/2014 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
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
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Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
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Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
The avalanche danger has moved to Moderate for the whole mountain due to the incoming rain giving us concern around wet snow avalanches as the rain penetrates the snow pack. The freezing level is forecasted to rise to a few hundred meters above the summit by the weekend. Depending on how much rain and the rate of the rain this could increase the avalanche danger. Things you should look out for are steep unsupported slopes with little to no anchors, think of the slopes that are just tussock slopes in summer, they become a very good sliding surface for wet snow avalanches. Use care if on the mountain but as the weather gets worse over the next few days best thing to do is avoid the mountain and go surfing or spend sometime at the your favourite cafe.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No observed or report avalanche activity

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Snow conditions have remained firm over the last few days as precip has been light scattered rain showers below 2000m with strong cool winds. The snow pack is expected to slowly disappear as rain moves in today (Thursday) and is set to continue to the weekend with the freezing level at the summit of the mountain. As rain penetrates the snow pack things will become soft and weak the strength in the upper layers.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Rain, not looking good with the freezing level around the summit


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Crampons and Ice axe are still required as conditions will be firm at first and should remain firm on the upper mountain.

Forecast by Todd Cations-Velvin

Mountain Safety Council
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