THE AVALANCHE SEASON IS HERE. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR 3 INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE CAUGHT IN AN AVALANCHE YESTERDAY IN TUCKERMAN RAVINE FOR THE SEASONS FIRST AVALANCHE ACCIDENT. READ ON.
This is an early season GENERAL ADVISORY. Use of the 5 scale avalanche rating system will begin when conditions warrant. Until then new advisories will be issued as needed.
The summit recieved approx. 8 inches (20 cm) from Friday through Sunday with about 2-3 inches each day. On Monday the summit reported a total of 6.9 (17.5 cm)inches making a total of 15 inches (38 cm) for the 4 day
period. This precipatation fell with W and NW winds in the 50-75 mph range building the size of the early snowfields I discussed in the last bulletin. Again, some examples of these growing snowfields are Left Gully, the Chute, high on the north or right side of Tuckerman, patches in the Bowl, and up on the E and NE side of the summit cone. These snowfields and exposed ice are the most likely areas for possible avalanche activity during the next precipatation cycle.