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Observation: Moab

Observation Date
1/15/2023
Observer Name
Charlie Ramser
Region
Moab
Location Name or Route
PreLaurel Ridge - Julie's
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Wind moving snow. Snow, up to S5 at times. Even wind sheltered slopes had dense wind slabs forming on the snow surface. Observed winds from E-S-W. Winds were mostly moderate and consistent. Some strong gusts.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
12"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Mixed snow surface with storm snow and wind transported snow. Ski penetration never exceeded 30cm.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
PWL was quiet and no collapsing or large cracks propagating on the snow surface, but plenty of red flags blowing in the wind. So much snow and wind could be nudging us towards another natural cycle.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
High
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