Item: The colorado avalanche warning programme
Title: The colorado avalanche warning programme
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: K. Williams
Abstract: In November 1973, a formal avalanche warning programme for Colorado first became a reality as a cooperative venture between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Weather Service. The objective of the programme is to warn the public of unusually dangerous avalanche conditions, with warnings aimed primarily at persons traveling the back-country, where most serious avalanche accidents occur (Williams 1975). In the past two winters, more than 100 avalanche warning bulletins have been issued for the Colorado mountains. Media coverage and public acceptance of the warning programme have been encouraging, and in future years, we look to increased public reliance on avalanche warnings as our credibility becomes established. In this paper, we will look at what it takes to set up and run such a programme.
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Keywords: warning program, accidents, avalanche forecasting
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