Observation: Cow Fork

Observation Date
12/20/2016
Observer Name
Leeds/Kobernik

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cow Fork
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Light winds on the ridge tops, a bit of transport, minor. Wind increased in the late afternoon but stayed in the light range.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Generally settled powder with a trace of wind affect.

Some south aspects were slightly damp in the afternoon.  Some south aspects had a light crust.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
Persistent but minor wind loading. Not enough to increase the hazard.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Normal Caution
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

Normal caution for traveling in an area with some areas of thin snow pack.

Low danger in this area.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9800
Slope Angle
30
Comments

Aspect is north Northeast,  HS is 48" in wind protected areas, ski pole in photo is 125 cm.  The basal 8" consists of damp rounds, 2 finger density.  No facets in this area.

The rest of the snow pack grades from 2 to 4 finger hardness with one 1 finger crust (wind) about 10" above the top of the damp rounds.  This is the strongest snow pack I have encountered anywhere in southern Utah this winter.

Wind exposed areas near the ridge tops contain a thinner weaker snow pack as to be expected.

North facing meadows are filling in nicely in this area.

I was impressed by the strength of the snow pack when compared to the recent forays in the Pahvants and Tushers. It is worth noting that accessing this area without a motor would entail a very long slog.

I would say a low danger in this area.  I think it is always worth noting that low does not mean no.......

 

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