Observation: Upper Weber Canyon

Observation Date
1/9/2019
Observer Name
Kikkert, Hughes
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Upper Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Good snow remains on easterly through northwesterly. Wind damage on many upper elevation slopes. Sun crusts on south. 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Red Flags Comments
Several naturals on east facing slopes from Sunday/Monday. Snow assessment work has produced additional activity each day on upper elevation east facing.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Avalanches on upper elevation east facing are failing on a layer of near surface facets formed prior to Christmas. Easy failures on ECT tests with full propagation. Have not been able to assess north facing slopes, but have not observed any natural activity on north facing. 
Comments
Avalanche danger observed is in the middle ground between moderate and considerable. As time goes the hazard is going to be less in your face, but based on what I observed today, the chance of triggering something on east will remain. 
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate

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