VIDEO: Thermal Imaging of an Avalanche

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This is what an avalanche looks like when viewed with a thermal imaging device. This video was captured by the Colorado Department of Transportation and was shared in a Facebook post by the CAIC. The CAIC reports:

Here is a thermal image from avalanche hazard mitigation work with @coloradodot this morning. This is Sister#3 on Loveland Pass. You can see the avalanche break through the wind-drifted snow. You’ll find the same problem around most of the state today in areas were the winds drifted yesterday’s new snow on the lee sides of ridgelines and cross-loaded subridges and gullies. Small avalanches in the new snow could break down to a deeper weak layer, especially in the Front Range, Vail/Summit, Sawatch, Aspen, and Gunnison zones. Make sure you get the forecast before you head out at www.colorado.gov/avalanche.


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