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    One Killed in Roof Avalanche Crested Butte

    “Low angled roof”..... Wow. RIP and vibes to all involved. Fucking horrible.

    https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/a...ep&view=public
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    What we have here is an intelligence failure. You may be familiar with staring directly at that when shaving. .
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    I used to have a low angled metal roofed garage. Snow would slowly creep off it and break off when it was overhanging the eaves. When I did shovel it, it was from the top down until I cut about a five foot slot which I could stand in with no snow above me. Every year this happens multiple times and people die.

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    Gotta get that snow off when it's this big. As soon as things warm up a bit the weight of the snow becomes crazy. Is it fair to say that many areas in the Rockies haven't seen this much snow in 50 years, maybe longer?
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    Gotta get that snow off when it's this big. As soon as things warm up a bit the weight of the snow becomes crazy. Is it fair to say that many areas in the Rockies haven't seen this much snow in 50 years, maybe longer?
    The snow doesn't get heavier when it gets warm..

    A few neighbors have had some big roof-alanches. Mostly metal roofs. You can see where one guy started shoveling, then the whole thing fractured all the way across and he was like "fuck this!" and stopped. I might be trying to shovel ours today, wearing a beacon and will probably have a spotter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    Is it fair to say that many areas in the Rockies haven't seen this much snow in 50 years, maybe longer?
    No. There was more snow just 2 years ago. And 10-11, and 07-08, and a shit ton of other years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    No. There was more snow just 2 years ago. And 10-11, and 07-08, and a shit ton of other years.
    Was '17 really as big as indicated here? Doesn't seem like it was, but this is statewide I guess. I thought '17 was only really big in Jan.



    Either way, weather thread jongs!

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    Also, for the record, I did shovel my roof for the first time in 5 years in '17.

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    When I did snow removal at Purgatory a lifetime ago, we wore a harness and were clipped in when on the roof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    When I did snow removal at Purgatory a lifetime ago, we wore a harness and were clipped in when on the roof.
    These guys were on the ground with a roof rake I'm assuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    Just to stay off topic, still behind 17 in the Gunnison basin.




    Sure seemed like last season sucked there. Was riding Hartman's on dirt in early April instead of snowbiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capulin overdrive View Post
    Sure seemed like last season sucked there. Was riding Hartman's on dirt in early April instead of snowbiking.
    It did, it is the light blue line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredgnar View Post
    The snow doesn't get heavier when it gets warm..
    Technically true, but here the snow turns to rain when it warms up. The snow traps all that water that would ordinarily run off the roof thus dramatically increasing the weight of the snow with the additional water content. Or. rain falls on top of it a day or three later..
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    Technically true, but here the snow turns to rain when it warms up. The snow traps all that water that would ordinarily run off the roof thus dramatically increasing the weight of the snow with the additional water content. Or. rain falls on top of it a day or three later..
    So what you meant to say is that when it rains on snow, it gets heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredgnar View Post
    So what you meant to say is that when it rains on snow, it gets heavier.
    In other news, when you add 1 pound to 1 pound, you get 2 pounds.
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    Let’s leave the science to the scientologists in the climate thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredgnar View Post
    It did, it is the light blue line.


    Duh, i'm a year off!

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    That article was phenomenal.

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    Great article


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    Gave me the chills reading it.

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    Yeah, that was crazy.
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    I just had this fall off my roof the other night. Rocked the house.

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    I don't understand why snow brakes aren't required on metal roofs. Our neighbor's roof sheds onto our property, sometimes it hits our house hard, used to hit the propane tank before we got natural gas, it buries our cable/phone line, causes other damage. Not to mention people getting killed.

    As far as shoveling roofs--figure out what your house is rated for--the building department will have the snow load for your area, and if your house was built to code you can figure out how deep the snow can get before you have to clear.. Our local snow load is 400 psf--which is roughly 12 feet uncompacted, obviously less if it gets rain-saturated. Even in this year's monster winter it never got close to that. (Our furnace and water heater direct vents have to be 12 feet off grade--I can't imagine the snow ever getting that deep.) When the snow gets deep I do check all my sliding windows--I wouldn't shovel unless they starting sticking. I hung a plumb bob off my deck a 1/4 in off the ground and figured I'd shovel if it touched the ground. Never happened. I do try to keep the snow no deeper than the deck rails--so we can see out the windows, use the spa etc., but I'm not concerned about the weight.

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