Observation: Gobblers Knob

Observation Date
12/5/2018
Observer Name
T Diegel
Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Gobblers Nob
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Enough SW wind to be creating a windslab
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
1"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Drew's tracks from Monday were mostly filled in; wind? 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
As much as we'd like to think that the load of the new snow over the Oct facets is adjusting to the weight, it seems like it's not...yet.  We got a big whoomph as we approached the ridge, and though there was some wind loading and minor slab development going on, the whoomph seemed pretty deeply-rooted.  We chose not to go up to the ridge and tickle the sweet spot but instead stayed in the trees and on the lower-angle terrain. The crack that it created was small (see pic), but spread pretty far
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
There was enough of a chilly breeze out of the SW coming over the ridge that a wind slab was forming, but wasn't too deep/scary.  However, a small windslab might have the potential to create enough energy for a bigger step-down to the weak facets near the ground?  
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Coordinates

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