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Observation Date: 
01/10/2017
Observer Name: 
Ed Oak
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Exxon's Folly
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Mostly cloudy, pretty warm and humid compared to last week
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Variable new snow depth with wind deposition. Surface light winds lab not very cohesive with older snow surface. Constant light sloughing while skiing.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Red Flags Comments: 
We were on 35 to 40 degree slopes that would crack and slough the top 2". Poor bonding here of a light wind slab with little cohesion.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Top layer poorly bonded to old snow and could cause buried weakness later. With warm conditions bonding could improve on this layer.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Deep Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Isolated pockets of depth hoar found with ski pole probe but generally pretty consistent snowpack density.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
East
Elevation: 
11000
Slope Angle: 
36
Comments: 

Forecaster note: The snow isn't "talking" a lot, and overall the danger does appear to be moderate. The density of the snow surface is making it more difficult to affect underlying weaknesses, but snow pits reveal reactive, weak faceted layers. With more snow and wind in the forecast, am going to keep rating at considerable in upper elevation, wind loaded terrain. the danger is mostly moderate at sheltered, mid elevations.

Observer email: 
edwardoak@gmail.com
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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