Observation: Cardiac Ridge

Observation Date
10/23/2019
Observer Name
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Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Cardiac Ridge, South Monitor
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Warm and windy, flat light most of the day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Comments
This ob is about Cardiac Ridge but I’ll throw in some info from S Monitor on Sunday as well. There is about 18 to 20 inches of dense snow at 10,000ft E facing on Cardiac Ridge with damp snow at the ground interface. There’s no layering in the snow pack yet except for some wind skin and thin wind slabs on the surface. The wind was blowing fairly hard up high but not moving much snow do to the high density. S Monitor had about 18 inches of snow on Sunday that has probably shrunk down to about a foot by now. This early snow is a bit disconcerting but for now it’s good base building material. The biggest hazard now is terra firma, rocks stumps and downed trees, but hopefully we will continue to have warm cloudy nights and more snow to slow the faceting process down because the new snow is not going anywhere at this point in time. Had photos of a pit in Cardiac Ridge, and S Monitor but I can’t seem to put them up.
Next 2 photos are from Cardiac, 10,000 ft, E facing
Next photo is from S. Monitor on Sunday, Oct 20th
Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None

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