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Friday, November 7

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Forecaster: Keith Stebbings
Issued: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM PST
BOTTOM LINE: This is NOT an official advisory but rather a description of the expected content. The BOTTOM LINE will be a very abbreviated and non inclusive synopsis of the leading 1 or 2 problems based on the existing snowpack stability and the current and forecasted weather for the avalanche danger scale rating assigned for the day (Thursday). Further details will be found by clicking on ...    Read more

WAC News

A New Season

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:41 AM
by Julian Pridmore-Brown

We couldn't be more excited to share our new website and welcome you to our 6th season of operation. Along with a beautiful new theme, we present you with new products that you asked for. A little history would be in order. Last February Shane Coulter lost his life in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains; a horrible and tragic event that made us all reflect. Shane left a loving wife, Laurel, also a skier, who made contact with us in the months following the accident. We discussed with Laurel our long term vision for the avalanche center and specifically identified items that could happen sooner with additional finding. Laurel wasted no time in establishing a memorial fund and that's when Shane's friends and family really stepped up. I will never know these people, but if you are a contributor to the Shane Coulter memorial fund, please accept a heartfelt thank you! Laurel provided input and suggestions that we incorporated into the new design and I finally had the pleasure of meeting with her in Seattle a couple of weeks ago to preview the new site.

We spent the summer and early fall refining our vision into specific projects and identifying the many associated details. You probably already noticed some of the major changes for this season. Every week, beginning in early December, we will issue an avalanche advisory along with a standard North American Danger Scale rating. We consolidated multiple weather sources on a dynamic home page map that includes our forecast zones, weather stations, and snotel sites. For now, those zones will be used as a reference in the advisories, as our advisory will initially cover all zones. The advisory will be issued on Thursdays and will be valid for two days. Down the road we will issue daily advisories, however we wanted to use our limited resources wisely and just start with one day a week.

Please take a look around our new site and check back often as content updates. Our social media will also alert you to new content. In the next couple of weeks, we will be working out the bugs as they show up, so please be patient as we get settled into our new site! Lastly, I would like to thank Tesmond Hurd and Brian Sather of La Grande Ride for the tremendous effort they put toward making this new site a reality.

Thanks for all your support!


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