Observation: Moab

Observation Date
02/26/2016
Observer Name
Reed Kennard

Region:

Location Name or Route
exxons
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Blue Bird day in the mountains with temps in the upper 30's with no wind. Sun burn is your biggest weather concern at the moment.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Snow quality varies drastically at the moment ranging with just about every condition you can think of. Corn on the south faces, powder on the sheltered north side and various forms of sun affect on every thing else.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Collapsing
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Although things seem to be relatively stable in the mountains there are still pockets of faceted snow on the north faces. This was most obvious around large boulders where the snow pack is more shallow and readily collapses from the weight of a skier. Things seem to be heating up in the afternoons. Be aware of the potential for wet slides on sunny aspects in the afternoon. Several recent wet slides were visible in talking mountain cirque.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Same
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments
Higher elevation north facing slopes are still holding onto their facets and careful slope analysis should be used before hopping on anything steep.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates