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Wind Loading

Also: Wind Transport

Wind transport is the process of moving snow by wind. This can cause snow deposition and the formation of wind slab in localized lee areas.

The resulting loading of lee slopes is called wind loading. This can happen either in conjunction with or in the absence of new precipition.

A cornice often indicates that wind loading occurs on the slopes below it.

There is a three-page sequence on Wind Transport of Snow in our Education Center. (And three additional supplemental pages available to members.)

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