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Natural broken top (pucker up)

Location Name
Broken top (pucker up)
Region
Broken Top Area
Name
Trevor miller
Email Address
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Position
Public
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown)
Red Flags
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Avalanche Type
Wet
Slab
Blowing Snow
No
Trigger type
Natural
Wind Speed
Light
Slope
40degrees
Air temperature
Below Freezing
Aspect
Southeast
Air temperature trend
Warming
Elevation
7500ft.
Cloud Cover
Clear
Weak Layer
Old Snow
Crown Height
2 ft
Avalanche Width
400ft.
Avalanche Length
800ft.
Terrain
Above Treeline
Number of similar avalanches
1
More detailed information about the avalanche

 Observed natural on broken top, pucker up. Looks a day or two old most likely a release with moisture of 29th. Large scale slide, d3-d4, ran entirety of pucker up slope.