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Press Release 12-039

Live Chat on Thursday, March 1st: Avalanche! In a No-Snow Winter, Why the Threat is High

And what atmospheric science can tell us about snow, weather and climate

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Photo of an avalanche.

Can an avalanche be predicted? Atmospheric scientists are working to find answers.

Credit: U.S. National Park Service


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Photo of pile of snow from avalanche blocking Utah's highway 210 is avalanche.

Most hazardous road in the U.S.? Utah's highway 210 is avalanche central.

Credit: Town of Alta, Utah


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Photo of atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh checking out the snow level.

Atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh checks out his latest snow forecast.

Credit: Tyler Cruickshank


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Photo of atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett using instruments to study snow.

Tim Garrett, an atmospheric scientist, is using sophisticated technology to study snow.

Credit: Derek Smith


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Image of a snowflake captured by a camera that records snow as it falls.

Before it melts: snowflake captured by a camera designed to record snow as it falls.

Credit: National Science Foundation/University of Utah/Alta Ski Area


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Radar image of a lake-effect snowband that extends over Alta and environs.

Radar image of a lake-effect snowband that extends over Alta and environs.

Credit: University of Utah


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