3/11/2007

WHO SAYS WEATHER FORECASTERS HAVE NO HUMOR?

MOUNTAIN WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE OLYMPICS WASHINGTON CASCADES AND MT HOOD AREA
NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER SEATTLE WASHINGTON
215 PM PST SUN MAR 11 2007

NWAC Program administered by:
USDA-Forest Service with cooperative funding and support from:
Washington State Department of Transportation, National Weather Service, National Park Service, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association, Friends of the Avalanche Center, and other private organizations.

This forecast is prepared primarily for federal, state and private snow safety programs in Washington and Northern Oregon.

WEATHER SYNOPSIS FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY

In order to smile now, think of long term gain,
And of recent snow stabilized by the rain—
It’s a process we value that helps cleans the slate,
But while it’s occurring, don’t go and tempt fate.

For as liquid water moves down through the snow,
It loads and it weakens, increasing downhill flow—
Wet loose and wet slabs are the common close,
Of this abysmal weather driven by warm, wet flows.

With the weather and stability both looking quite bleak,
Don’t find yourself up the proverbial creek—
Give the snowpack a while to settle and slide,
Know that this sloppy snow won’t be a good ride.

But if you must go out, stay on gentle terrain,
Away from avalanche runouts that could be a pain—
Avoid cornices, chutes and other terrain traps,
As these are places that will fill with bad crap.

Be positive and look to when temperatures plummet,
That’ll be a better time to head for the summit.
Old wet weak snow will refreeze and strengthen,
Decreasing the danger as day times lengthen.

But unless the forecast is a total bust,
We may just be left with dust over crust—
It’s not a bad thing, and good for stability,
Time to work on your edges and carving ability.

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