On the political side. I believe that both parties have ceased to serve our interest. See, if I dislike both parties equally I am not biased in the way I presented this topic.
I have never seen anything that matches the Pacific Northwest Mountain Weather ForeCast, which is fed by the National Weather Service and other tax funded agencies. The following example is what some pinhead politician wants to take away from me, and frankly that makes me angry.
MOUNTAIN WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE OLYMPICS WASHINGTON CASCADES
AND MT HOOD AREA
NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER SEATTLE WASHINGTON
1200 PM PDT FRI APR 22 2005
NWAC Program administered by:
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.
...SPRING WET SNOW AVALANCHES LIKELY THROUGH THE WEEKEND...
The most sustained storm cycle of the winter was finally seen in
late March and early April. Sites at Hurricane Ridge and at
higher elevations in the Cascades received from 7 to 15 feet of
snowfall during that time, with the most in the Mt Baker area, at
overall cool temperatures.
The warm weather and lack of refreezing at night the past couple
days has been helping cause fairly widespread wet snow avalanches
of the recent snow. For a change it has been a bit warmer in the
north Cascades than the south Cascades the past couple days. This
is due to a large weak low pressure system and cooler air mass
lingering near the California coast. The DOT crew at Chinook Pass
has been easily triggered wet snow avalanches on south facing
slopes. Several recent reports on Turns-All-Year for the
Washington Cascades also indicate wet snow avalanches and deep
wet snow conditions. The Whistler ski area reports widespread and
some large wet snow avalanches the past couple days in the back
country. Snow pit reports in the Olympics and Cascades indicate
some lingering crust layers in the upper meter of snow, with
faceting near the mid March crust at 1-2 meters below the
The large weak low pressure system and cooler air mass should
continue to linger near the California coast through the weekend.
Some showers in the south Washington Cascades on Friday should
become more widespread in the Olympics and Cascades on Saturday
and Sunday. Snow levels should generally range from about 8-9000
feet on Friday and Saturday then drop a bit on Sunday. However,
warm temperatures and solar effects should continue to cause
natural or triggered wet loose or possible wet slab avalanches.
Initial surface wet snow avalanches may step down and entrain
deeper snow or snow to buried crust layers and isolated large
slides are possible. However avalanches involving deeper
weaknesses in the snow pack are difficult to predict.
We would like to remind back country enthusiasts to use caution
through the weekend. It should be a good plan to avoid areas
below cliffs, cornices, steep sun warmed south facing slopes,
gullies and avalanche run out zones. Note that avalanche activity
may not be restricted to south facing slopes and may extend below
the snow line. Wet snow instability can sometimes be tested by
pushing snow onto test slopes. Also remember although wet loose
snow avalanches may start slowly they can be powerful and set up
like concrete when they stop.
NWAC weather data and forecasts are also available by calling
206-526-6677 for Washington, 503-808-2400 for the Mt Hood area,
or by visiting our Web site at www.nwac.us
Ferber/Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center