Observation: Gold Hill

Observation Date
3/16/2019
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Another beautiful day in the back country, a little warmer than yesterday, a slight breeze and snow conditions were still holding up on the cooler shady aspects.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
The sunny slopes were crusted this morning and softened some this afternoon, while the cool shady slopes still has some dry dense settle powder, but it is getting harder to find. 
Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Felt like 10 degrees warmer today and the snow conditions changed fairly soon this morning. It was already getting damp on the lower east facing slopes and around 11:00 wet sluffs were easy to trigger.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Wet Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
The heat was a little more intense today and terrain that was getting direct sun quickly became damp and wet sluffs were easy to initiate on steeper slopes. 
Comments
1.  A little crusty this morning on the ride into Gold Hill, but things softened quickly.  2.  Not a great photo of this snow pit in Gold Hill, but I was finding a nice solid and stable snow pack with increasing dense snow as you move from the surface down towards the ground.
Wet sluffs were easy to trigger on sunny slopes this afternoon.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Coordinates

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