SHARPLY RISING RIVERS THIS WEEK...the rivers will keep rising after the ice is flushed downstream. Also strong late April sun....today's sun (April 23rd) has the same intensity as the sun on August 19th...the sunburn shot below (thanks Wendy) happened in only 3 hours on April 21st a few years ago.
SUNBURN ALERT....(yes, even on a cool day like this)...today's sun angle is the same as it is on August 20th. The attached photo shows what happened a few years ago, on April 21st, after only 3 hours. Today is April 22nd.
11 am Saturday - For those with interests in the areas mentioned....AVALANCHE WARNING...THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER, GORHAM NH.
THE US FOREST SERVICE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER HAS
ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.
* TIMING... IN EFFECT FROM 700 AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT SATURDAY.
* AFFECTED AREA...THE CUTLER RIVER DRAINAGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF
MOUNT WASHINGTON INCLUDING FORECAST AREAS IN TUCKERMAN AND
HUNTINGTON RAVINES. WARNING CRITERIA MAY BE MET IN OTHER AREAS
OUTSIDE THOSE FORECAST BY THE AVALANCHE CENTER.
* AVALANCHE DANGER...NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY ON HIGHER
ELEVATION, STEEP EAST FACING SLOPES.
* REASON/IMPACTS...16 TO 18 INCHES OF NEW SNOWFALL ABOVE FOUR
THOUSAND FEET IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, COMBINED WITH 50 TO 60 MPH
WINDS HAS CREATED THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE AVALANCHES. WIND SLABS
ARE LIKELY TO BE VERY SENSITIVE TO HUMAN TRIGGERING.
Friday Morning - Great river update out of NWS Caribou....
***Ice Out Update***
- Ice out has begun on the Aroostook river and the Saint John won't be too far behind.
- So far the ice has been flushing out nicely with n...o significant flood impacts to report.
- With the warm weather coming next week all rivers are expected to rise and flush out any remaining ice over the next 7 to 10 days.
- Always remember to adhere to local law enforcement for closed roads due to flooding and don't drive through barricaded flooded roads. In addition, always respect the power of fast moving water and don't get close to streams and rivers.
- Pictures attached are of Fort Fairfield this morning with the ice hanging up just south of town on the Aroostook River before it flows into Canada.
It will be important to continue to monitor rivers, ever after the ice is gone, as there is still deep snow up north....27 1/2 inches measured Thursday morning up in Madawaska by Jack Caron....there will be plenty of meltwater hitting our rivers in the weeks ahead!
From NWS Caribou: "The snow depth of 11 inches at Caribou early this morning ranks as the 3rd greatest snow depth on record at Caribou for the morning of April 19th. So, if it seems like there is still a lot of snow around, there is!"
12:10 am Tuesday - Ice on April 17th...the beat goes on....Leaving work, our ramp was icy and the handrails were encased in ice. There was quite a thick coating of ice on the windshield. There were also areas of the parking lot that were icy. Please post in this thread if you experienced icy conditions in your area. Especially important would be info on whether you encountered slick roads. Thanks!