Central Avalanche Hazard Forecasting: Summary of Scientific Investigations

 The Central Avalanche Hazard Forecasting project had two principal aims:

  1. The design and establishment of an avalanche data network and central avalanche and mountain weather forecasting facility to serve the highway passes and other hazard areas of the Cascade Mountains in Washington.
  2. Improvements in the practices of conventional avalanche forecasting and the introduction of new techniques in statistical analysis and pattern recognition.

    Achievement of the first aim has been described in previous reports 23.2 and 23.3. This present report 23.4 gives the results of fundamental research into avalanche forecasting theory and discusses the application of these results to central avalanche forecasting for the Cascade Mountains of Western Washington.

    Publication Date: 
    Friday, December 1, 1978
    Publication Number: 
    WA-RD 023.4
    Last modified: 
    11/17/2017 - 12:25
    E.R. LaChapelle, S.A. Ferguson, R.T. Marriott, M.B. Moore, P.L. Taylor.
    University of Washington, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences.
    Number of Pages: 
    Avalanches, Data collection, Forecasting, Snow cover, Statistical analysis, Terrain, Weather forecasting.