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Observation Date: 
01/13/2017
Observer Name: 
Nason
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
AF canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Thick cloud layer up high in the morning, which eased off through mid morning, overcast all day with a few sucker holes coming through in the afternoon around 1430 to 1600. Light snowfall around 1000 to 1230 observed rimed stellars.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
18"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
High quality skiing, more supportable powder than super low density blower. Observed a mostly right side up snowpack, 2 graupel layers 45cm down from surface and 90cm down. Also observed a rain crust about 115cm down. The graupel layers were what caught my attention and while I was able to see results on CTs I was not able to get any propogation with ECTs or PSTs. HS in wind sheltered non exposed terrain was 250cm, I dug to 125cm.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Red Flags Comments: 
Did not observe too many red flags on my day out. I saw some recent loose snow sluffing on S. Also we have had quite a bit of new snow fall lately. Nothing that rung the alarm for me.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
With plenty of snow available for transport, and the size/sensitivity of cornices I have observed lately, cornices are on my mind. Have seen quite a few very large, overhanging cornices on the E. half of the compass.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Lots of new snow out there, aside from the top 30 to 40cm.s it seems to be a pretty cohesive slave with midpack weak layers (graupel).
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9000
Slope Angle: 
23
Comments: 
I will be curious to see how the S. slopes do with the sun today.
Observer email: 
Nasonnt@gmail.com
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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