Observation: Bald Mountain

Observation Date
3/12/2019
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Bald Mt./Murdock Peak
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Just a few clouds at the trail head this morning, but low clouds up high around Bald Mt.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Nice settled powder conditions around the Bald Mt. Pass area, but lots of tracks from a busy weekend. 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
The winds were generally light and well behaved, but just enough to move some light density snow around on the exposed ridge lines. Some tired wind slabs that would just crack after stomping on them. Up higher on Murdock Peak, it looked like winds were gusty and I could see more snow being blown around. Before the clouds moved in I observed some long running dry surface sluffs on the east side of Bald Mt. and on Murdock Peak.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Minor wind issues today, but would suspect sensitive wind drifts tomorrow with forecasted snow and wind.
Comments
Looks like I did not read the weather forecast very well today and ended up being in the clouds, while down canyon it was partly sunny.  I was pretty jazzed to see so much snow in this area and should make for a nice long spring season in the high country. 
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Coordinates

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