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Observation Date: 
01/22/2017
Observer Name: 
Travis Nauman
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Goldminer Trees
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
On and off snow all day with a couple breaks when the sun would peak through. The winds were on and off, but moving a good bit of snow over the ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The wind has worked most of the higher elevations. We stayed on southern aspects that were pretty supportable under the new snow. Out of wind affected areas, the snow was quite good moderately dense powder. The new storm snow was moderately reactive, and there were some old sun crusts that failed when we wailed on them, but our pit was more stable than expect. It was not in a wind loaded area though...
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
Lots of wind loading on north to northeast aspects. The avalanches on Noriega were quite substantial we got a great view of them: See photos. Other than that, things were relatively supportable today, not much collapsing or weird structure when out of wind affected areas.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
The new snow is still settling and getting moved around, caution is still warranted. If we get more snow tonight, it will get worse, especially as there has been some grauple associated with this storm.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
The wind has wreaked havoc in many areas. Most are pretty discernible and avoidable, but more wind is predicted tonight.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
South
Elevation: 
11100
Slope Angle: 
39
Comments: 
Check out how far to observers left the crown on Noriega propagated!
Observer email: 
naumi421@gmail.com
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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