Observation: Ogden

Observation Date
12/5/2018
Observer Name
kory, Doug Wewer
Region
Ogden
Location Name or Route
Bailey Cabin
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
2"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Wind slabs on N-NE Aspects in open terrain.  Easy to spot and trigger.  Also easy to avoid.  
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8800
Slope Angle
27
Comments
Went on the hunt for early season snow again today.  Due to visibility we could only make it to around 9000 ft so we dug in around there on a North aspect.  We found an HS of 120 cms.  We were able to find the elusive faceted snow but it was not reactive in large colum tests.  We did get a CT 22, 22, and 12 Q2 on the facets.  They seemed to be around 3-4mm large.  I still believe that these areas are not well connected enough to create widespread avalanches or cycle.  With the load of 6-8"of water in many places in Ogden we should have seen some natural avalanching.  So many places in the Ogden Mountains that are high (above 8500ft) and North aspects are very broken by rocks and other shrubbery.  This is obviously my hypothesis.  Go look for this layer and test it.   I hope someone finds it reactive in a pit of course!
 
This reminds me of December of 16 when we had the same issue.  We saw some isolated areas that avalanched on the early season snow but only in areas that had a very smooth ground (grass).  We also had more early season lingering snow that year, around 6 inches.  
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate

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