Observation: Electric Lake

Observation Date
12/9/2016
Observer Name
Steve Cote

Region:

Location Name or Route
Electric Bowl
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Wind picked up around 2 pm. Snow was being transported across the slope.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments

Snow was like early spring powder snow, due to the warm temp's.  

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
The density of the surface snow is increasing due to warming temp's and wind. This maybe the future sliding surface, no shooting cracks yet or colapsing was found.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Cornice
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

strong winds from the southwest will build cornices on the steep upper ridges.

 

Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
9400
Slope Angle
28


measured from the top 13 cm of new snow at fist, below that is a freeze/wind crust. Under the crust is a layer of weaker snow (small Facets). The snow below the crust was four finger to three finger to the ground. The snow below the crust had wet grains, no facets were seen. Total snow is 56 cm, that same location last week had 70 CM.

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates