Observation: Electric Lake

Observation Date
12/12/2016
Observer Name
Steve Cote

Region:

Location Name or Route
Electric Bowl
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Wind picked up as we were leaving, going to moderate, and transporting snow on open slopes above 8000 feet. ridge top winds were higher and out ofthe west to South west.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments

Snow surface consisted of graupel and broken crystals, The new snow was over a rain crust.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
The higher exposed slopes was being loaded, and have had a recent avalanche. The rain crust was found at 8500 feet to 9000 feet. Did not look at snow pack at the higher evelations. Wind looked like it had stripped the new snow pack. and there was evidence of a wind packed slopes.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Cornice
Problem #1 Comments

Wind loading on the upper slopes over the old snow surface with possible wind crusts or rain crusts.

Avalanche Problem #2
Trend
Increasing Danger
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8600
Slope Angle
20

Pit is 63 cm, The surface was moderate density of graupel and broken crystals over a rain crust.  Below rain crust was the same as we have seen four finger to the ground. The facet layer on the ground was forming chains and getting stronger.  

Millers flat storm total.

Total snow depth, at millers flat

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