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6384′     02-03 02:22
Wind 0 mph
Gusts 1 mph
7180′     02/03 at 03:00
27″ Depth
7889′     02-03 02:22
Wind 3 mph
Gusts 13 mph
7800′     02/03 at 02:00
51″ Depth

Snow Observations-Butte Area

W. Shoutis
Butte Area
Flint Creek Range
natural avalanche McDermott Hill in the Flint Range
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Natural avalanche from the top of the popular snowmobile climbing spots on McDermott Hill in the Flint Range near Philipsburg.  There have been several close calls and a fatality in this same path.  It is named for the person who was killed in an avalanche there in the 70s.  It appeared to be a wind load on the ridge that initiated the slide.  In the background of a janky video, it appears there were other naturals as well.  The slide ran an estimated 800 ft, but no other information was obtained.

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Butte Area
snowmobile triggered avalanche Frog Pond Basin

Snowmobile club members texted me that they triggered a 3' deep slab, that ran 100 yds., from connected terrain in Frog Pond Basin.  It sounded like a heavily wind loaded slope.     

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  • Many slick roofs shed this winter's snow with the above-freezing temperatures. There are some impressive fracture lines at the ice rink in Bogert Park in Bozeman. Photo: GNFAC

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