11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/9/2016
Observer Name: 
Brian Murray
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Red Snow Cirque / Tele Gold
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful, warm, sunny day. Calm to no wind at lower elevations while skinning up trough the trees before noon. Northerly winds increased above treeline during early afternoon, approx. 10-20 MPH
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Certainly a mixed bag of snow conditions. Most snow surfaces show the effects of recent winds. Melt freeze crusts on the Southern aspects in the AM. Wind and sun sheltered areas had variable conditions, but typically dense loose re-crystallized snow to settled powder snow. Upper elevations in the Cirque showed some thin wind crusts and surface wind features, but generally the surface was soft re-crystallized snow with a supportable base....good skiing! East facing slope of Tele-Gold was becoming a bit wet as we climbed to the Cirque. The sun will most likely start to create sun crusts on most aspects over the next several days, but a corn snow cycle seems to be on it's way. No snow depth or snow pit data. We chose to stay off of steeper terrain today.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Mid to upper snow-pack facets
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Rapid warming causing wet snow point releases - also possible wet slab avalanche hazard
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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