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3 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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3 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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Hey Valdez- we are about to experience a massive influx of moisture in the next 24-48 hours. If you decide to recreate on the first blue day after this storm, or find a quick sucker hole during the storm PLEASE be extremely cautious. Staying far far away from any avalanche terrain is your best bet, even micro-terrain can get you when you are least expecting. There was a snowmachiner buried in an avalanche YESTERDAY(5/2/18) over in Whittier and the rider did not make it. Live to ride another day 🤘 ... See MoreSee Less

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