Observation: Electric Lake

Observation Date
12/23/2016
Observer Name
Darce Trotter / Steve Cote / Carey Pierce

Region:

Location Name or Route
Electric Lake Bowl
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
winds were calm early in the day, started to build some around lunchtime, temps had remained below 30 for the last couple of days, blue skies, great visibility
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
2"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Dusting of low density snow over last weekends two act storm, best behaved pack we have seen in several years, echo what KOW had been finding elsewhere, crusts evident on E/S/W faces, and once sun got on snow was dampening surface.  In the very shelter areas in the trees and well protected N facing spots, pack not as strong, more penetration, but still gaining strength.  It is so nice not to find monsters in the basement, the door is now open and with enough coverage to allow machines to access more terrain, but they had not gotten out much where we were. Of note, people were amassing near cabins and trailheads in anticipation of Christmas weekend. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
winds have been strong at times over the last week, some very exposed areas to rock, cornices built E and NE facing in exposed terrain, likely a few wind pockets that could pose a problem
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Dry Snow
Problem #1 Comments

sheltered N facing steep snow weaker  and susceptible to sluffing

Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
9400
Slope Angle
27
Comments

shakey look at snow

Video

high clouds moving in late in the day

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