Item: Meteorological support to avalanche forecasting in british columbia
Title: Meteorological support to avalanche forecasting in british columbia
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: T. Gigliotti and L. Parent
Abstract: This paper will outline briefly the type of services provided by the Pacific Weather Centre in support of Avalanche Forcasting in British Columbia. The Pacific Weather Centre is one of six major offices across Canada and is responsible for the production of all weather forecasts for the B.C. Region. We are a component of the Pacific Region, Atmospheric Environment Service, D.O.E. The office is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days. a week, and has.a staff of some 25 professional meteorologists, together With support staff. The beginning of our service to the people interested in avalanches goes back to the winter of 1964-65 when the public forecaster began issuing warnings whenever heavy or prolonged snowfalls were expected in Rogers Pass. Prior to that time, the generalized public forecast was the only information available to interested parties. Since then, there has been a steady growth in service until, at present, all areas of the province are covered by specialized mountain forecasts and all the major meteorological parameters affecting avalanche hazard are forecast.
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Keywords: snowfall, forecasting, hazard, freezing levels
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