What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

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What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

Postby Marc_C » Fri May 15, 2015 11:28 am

From the Avoriaz:

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Full article (in French) but mostly pictures:
http://www.skipass.com/news/118226-avoriaz-sous-l-eau.html
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Re: What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri May 15, 2015 12:57 pm

http://www.weathertoski.co.uk/weather-snow/ wrote:Updated: 9.05am Saturday 2 May 2015 – Unsettled but mild

Yesterday’s torrential rain in the northern and western Alps continued for most of the night, leading to some serious flooding problems in places.

The worst affected areas were the northern French Alps (particularly the Haute-Savoie) and the extreme west of Switzerland where the rain, coupled with melting snow higher up the mountains, led to numerous rivers bursting their banks.

The rain/snow limit started at around 2000-2200m early yesterday morning but quickly rose to 2400-2600m, and up to 2800m in the more exposed foothills of the north and west. Above 2500-2800m there is a lot of fresh snow – well over 1m at 3000m in the Massif du Mt Blanc, for example. The recent rain has been less of an issue the further east south you are, with some (southern) parts of the Alps staying dry.

I sent the link to Fraser. Not sure where that lift is, but probably not up at 1,600m Avoriaz, probably down in a valley bottom somewhere like Morzine or Les Gets. Maybe jamesdeluxe can identify that lift.

The people at Snoqualmie Pass can probably sympathize: average precipitation this season but only about 1/4 normal snowfall.
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Re: What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

Postby Marc_C » Fri May 15, 2015 1:19 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Maybe jamesdeluxe can identify that lift.

In the linked article/picture set is this view that might help:

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Re: What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri May 15, 2015 1:31 pm

http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/n ... n-avoriaz/

There is indeed a lake at Avoriaz. It's a high snowfall area despite modest elevation, so a lot of the snowpack from above was probably still there to come down when the rain hit.
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Re: What Happens With A Metric Crap-ton of Rain?

Postby jamesdeluxe » Tue May 26, 2015 5:01 am

Tony Crocker wrote:Maybe jamesdeluxe can identify that lift.

Sorry, missed this thread -- the subject line didn't mention where this happened so I didn't click on it.

Avoriaz has the best snow in the region, excellent/varied terrain, and is really extensive, but the huge village is not my cup of tea, so I quickly skied past this lift without stopping to notice the lake.
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