It seems logical that if any of the lower 48 states were to have avalanches, it would be Colorado. But a report yesterday that the state has seen at least 348 of them since the first of March (one week) made my jaw drop. I’ve lived here for almost 15 years and don’t remember many winters when avalanches were even mentioned. The number undoubtedly includes smaller ones in the back country that wouldn’t normally be newsworthy … but 348 in seven days!?
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports that over the last six November-May avalanche seasons, the state has averaged 2,133 per season. This season, with 2 1/2 months to go, there have already been 1,800.
March 3, 2019
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