Observation: Wood Camp

Observation Date
01/7/2017
Observer Name
Wally Macfarlane

Region:

Location Name or Route
Wood Camp
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Strong
Weather Comments
Overcast, relatively warm (20 degrees) and windy on ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
14"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Nice fast shallow powder
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
New wind loading was occurring throughout the day on ridgelines and was transporting light dry snow to East and Northeast facing slopes.
Comments
We saw several avalanches from the past week. The slides were 6 to 12 inches deep and appeared to fail at a density inversion in last weeks storm snow. The rather surprising aspect of these avalanches was how long they run down slope. The largest of these slides was on Ham Hollow (South aspect, 8100 ft to 7500 ft, 32 to 35 degree slope) which slid approximately 600 vertical feet and was 50 to 125 feet wide (see photo). Bobcat and Wildcat Bowls (E aspect 8200 ft, 32 to 38 degree slope) also had several small sized avalanches (see photo). Throughout the remaining bowls in Wood Camp we could see from a distance that they had also avalanched.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates