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Observation Date: 
12/6/2017
Observer Name: 
Lees, Pagnucco
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Middle Bowl
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Crisp, clear day. Northerly winds only really affecting ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

The snow from the Sunday/Monday storm has settled and is beginning to facet. Small surface hoar made for fun turns on LOW angle terrain as the snow pack is still very shallow even at high elevations. 

 

 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Red Flags Comments: 
Observers noted some collapsing, likely occurring on a layer of faceted snow above the hard crust and below the new snow.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8800
Slope Angle: 
32
Comments: 
  • They were no signs of avalanches which is not surprising given the nature of the snowpack - lack of a slab on the weak layers on wind sheltered slopes. I would be suspicious of wind drifts along the ridge lines.
  • As high pressure sets in, the snow will continue to weaken under the clear skies and cold nights. 
  • A concern is the thick ice layer near the base of the snowpack will be an excellent bed surface, with slides running repeatedly down to this surface.

 

A bit of wind along the ridge line, drifting snow.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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