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This winter storm is in full swing with warm temps and heavy precip. 9" heavy wet snow overnight at Thompson Pass with strong SE wind.
Avalanche danger is increasing.
Continued precipitation could add up to as much as 3" water equivalent through Tuesday.
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First snow on the peaks around Valdez! Get ready for winter with early season preparation tips at the VAC forecast page. alaskasnow.org/forecasts-observations/valdez/valdez-avalanche-forecasts/
While you're waiting for snow, check out Valdez Avalanche Center's collaborative paper and poster, presented in Innsbruck at the International Snow Science Workshop this week.
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5 months ago

Valdez Avalanche Center

FYIHey Valdez,

Did you notice the Valdez Glacier Stream is currently 10 FEET higher than it was yesterday!? We didn’t really receive that much rain last night did we?? A pretty cool phenomenon occurred last night at about midnight! A Jökulhlaup- which is the Icelandic word for “Glacier Run”.

What happened is over time during the spring and early summer, a lake is formed by snowmelt high up on the Valdez Galcier. This lake is about 1/2 Mile long by 1 Mile wide and 300 feet deep, and is about 6 miles from the Valdez Glacier Lake, (the one you can drive to at the end of airport road). The Jökulhlaup Lake is dammed off by the Valdez Glacier it self, and for the past few summers the dam has suddenly collapsed causing a HUGE influx of water to rush through the Valdez Glacier, into the Valdez Glacier Lake, and out the Valdez Glacier Stream into the port! Below is a photo directly after the Jökulhlaup occurred a couple years ago and its where abouts on a map/google earth.

Happy Summer everyone!
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5 months ago

Valdez Avalanche Center

Hey Valdez,

Did you notice the Valdez Glacier Stream is currently 10 FEET higher than it was yesterday!? We didn’t really receive that much rain last night did we?? A pretty cool phenomenon occurred last night at about midnight! A Jökulhlaup- which is the Icelandic word for “Glacier Run”.

What happened is over time during the spring and early summer, a lake is formed by snowmelt high up on the Valdez Galcier. This lake is about 1/2 Mile long by 1 Mile wide and 300 feet deep, and is about 6 miles from the Valdez Glacier Lake, (the one you can drive to at the end of airport road). The Jökulhlaup Lake is dammed off by the Valdez Glacier it self, and for the past few summers the dam has suddenly collapsed causing a HUGE influx of water to rush through the Valdez Glacier, into the Valdez Glacier Lake, and out the Valdez Glacier Stream into the port! Below is a photo directly after the Jökulhlaup occurred a couple years ago and its where abouts on a map/google earth.

Happy Summer everyone!
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