Once they begin, they have three segments: • The starting zone, is one of the most dangerous areas and the most unpredictable. Snow that is unstable can break free from its surroundings and begin to slide; most of the time starting zones would be higher up on the slopes, often above the tree line. Due to this, in the right conditions, snow can still break away at any point on the slope. • The track, is the path, channel or course that the avalanche flows down the mountainside. You can often see avalanche tracks, even in the summer because of missing trees.
Avalanche Testing and Safety White soft fluffy snow, hard to imagine something so innocent could be so destructive. Just picture a few tons of snow traveling down the mountain at approximately 80 miles per hour, taking down everything in its path. Avalanches have been a threat as long as there has been snow and mountains. Since I’m an avid backcountry skier it is important to learn about these life threatening snow masses. So in order to protect yourself from anything you must first learn how it works.
This kind of snow makes a curtain of white in front of you as you cut down the mountain and makes you feel as if you are skiing in slow motion. The thing about powder days is that in the very wet winters of West Virginia, powdery snow is usually hard to come by.
The map above confirms that Alaska is at high risk for avalanche. As a result of this threat, learning about avalanches is a necessity when recreating or working in high avalanche areas. In order to better understand Avalanches, it makes sense to first learn about what avalanches are compose of, snow. Snow forms when atmospheric conditions cause water vapor to condense. However, it is obvious that all snow doesn't have the same structure.
There are two types of blizzards and the ground blizzard is when the snow on the ground is being blown up in the air by severe winds. There are 3 types of ground blizzards; Horizontal Advection, Vertical Advection, and Thermal- Mechanical. Horizontal Advection is when the snow on the ground is being blown around horizontally in the air. Vertical advection is when the snow on the ground is being blown vertically in the air. The weight of the fallen snow can break roofs from ho... ... middle of paper ... ...cause they just happen without warnings and you can’t stop it so, all they can do is help.
Houses built on a hill can be ruined due to a landslide. Landslides cause property damage, death, injury, and can even effect our resources. Roads can also be damaged and can take forever to be rebuilt or fixed. This effects the economy because not only is it expensive to repair roadways, but it is also a hassle to find a new transportation route. If property is damaged, this can also result in the loss of property value.
Snow in cities seems to only be punitive rather than joyful. Rain has drawbacks similar to that of snow in urban centers. Too much rain may bring forth flash floods where cities could receive massive amounts of damage and be flushed out. Even light rain damages roofs, statutes, and wooden structures. Surprisingly rain is the top cause of auto accidents because of poor coordination during thunderstorms and flash floods.
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Many winter storms have large quantities of snow and extremely low and dangerous temperatures and are often accompanied by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. One of the primary concerns is the winter storm's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home, sometimes for days, or even weeks at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region making daily life even impossible. Unlike tropical systems, winter storms were not given names until 2011. Instead, they are called by the year, the date, the geographic region most affects, or some notable event related to the storm.
Being hypothermic or having frostbite on any part of your body can be very dangerous. This is an interesting topic because it can happen to anyone at anytime and if your are not prepared for it, it can be life threatening. If you are just going out to play in the snow and you are not dressed warm enough or all your skin is not covered frostbite can develop and you are at risk of hypothermia. Even if it is not snowing and there is not a cloud in the sky you can develop hypothermia if it is cold enough. If you are going to go hiking or skiing you will want to be aware of what hypothermia is and what to do if you get frostbite as this can result in the amputation of limbs and fingers.