11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/21/2017
Observer Name: 
Patrick Fink
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Dry Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Intermittent cloudbreaks with gusting wind into the 30s. Very light precipitation throughout the day without significant accumulation,
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Low density snow on wind sheltered slopes, 4 to 5" new. Dense loose snow in leeward areas, which were distributed in a complex fashion from NE~NW~SW on ridges about 10k'.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
All aspects but Northerly on the high ridgelines. Small, isolated, not propagating, could produce a small, loose avalanche in terrain steeper than 35d.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Deep Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Widely distributed faceting with variable overlying faceting crust. Current load not producing results. Nothing really to add to weeks worth of obs here. Calling danger the same for now, though the minor load from this storm pushes the danger up slightly.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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