The Science Behind Surface Hoar, Part 2

The Science Behind Surface Hoar, Part 2

In Part 2 of “The Science Behind Surface Hoar and Its Insidious Avalanches,” snow scientists Bruce Jamieson and Simon Horton focus on surface hoar after it’s buried.

The authors review several key factors that influence this weak layer when buried, and how those factors contribute to likelihood of triggering and propagating avalanches, or stabilizing over time.

Stay tuned for Part 3, which reviews choosing terrain and how professionals track surface hoar layers.

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