snow is melting on Mt Hood

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snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by Chip Down » May 11th, 2021, 4:46 pm

KOIN 6 reports snow is melting on Mt Hood.
I know, you're skeptical, but they have video evidence, in slow motion even.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv7TLW8MlFE

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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by dmthomas49 » May 11th, 2021, 5:05 pm

I would not have believed it without the video! :shock:
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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by Don Nelsen » May 11th, 2021, 5:49 pm

Must be a "slow news" day?
"Everything works in the planning stage".

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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by rubiks » May 11th, 2021, 7:17 pm

Who's to say it's snow?

That water could have come from anywhere.
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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by dayhiker » May 12th, 2021, 5:17 pm

I was up skiing yesterday and said to the ski patrol guy that I had never seen it like this. He did say there is allot of snow under the lift so it is dangerous to pass under the lifts. But allot of moraines that snow blows off, have melted out . I wonder about the summer season.

On Mt Rainier the climbing/ranger blog says the mountain is melting out about a month ahead of schedule.

It was really clear day, Jefferson, sisters, and not sure if that was Broken Top just to the right and behind them.

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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by Chip Down » May 12th, 2021, 5:28 pm

Don Nelsen wrote:
May 11th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Must be a "slow news" day?
Or a "snow news" day. ;)

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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by drm » May 13th, 2021, 8:08 am

The snotel at Paradise on Rainier indicates that the snowpack there remains well above the historical average. Not sure why anybody would be suggesting Rainier is melting out ahead of the normal timeline. Snow depth there is 142". Might be a difference between the high alpine climbing areas and the more tree-protected areas lower down where the snotels are.

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Re: snow is melting on Mt Hood

Post by Water » May 19th, 2021, 10:15 pm

I was on Adams last week and had scoped pictures of it..

In a decade+ of spring visits this is most peculiar. Down low 4000 to 8000ft is what you'd expect for this time of year, maybe a bit more really.

But up higher the melt was much further along. Lunch counter has ample melted areas. The south face has significant rock bands already melting through and a ton of sun cupping.

Normally April would be good precip and cool temps, but not as cold as winter. You'd get more snow up high and rain down low to melt the lower pack.

But instead intense sun up high whereas more compaction and shade lower, and possibly lower temps due to undercast? Seems to have sustained the lower pack.
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