Observation: Moab

Observation Date
01/10/2017
Observer Name
Ed Oak

Region:

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.

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