11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/9/2018
Observer Name: 
Sean Burkhart
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Patsey Marley/ Wolverine Cirque
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Light to moderate snowfall combined with obscured skies made for some flat light and on and off visibility today. Moderate winds from the SW were moving snow all day. 1 to 3 foot baby cornices forming on the east to north facing chutes in the cirque.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Damp snow falling at the base of Brighton at 12:00pm with snow slightly less heavy falling above 9500'. Snow/Rain line was somewhere around 8500' and by 2:30pm there was 4 to 5 inches of damp new snow. Pinwheels started rolling on steeper slopes (35 to 38 degrees).
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Moderate winds moving even the new dense snow received today.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Persistent weak layers still lurking all throughout the Wasatch and will be even more sensitive with the added weight of the new snowfall.
Photos from NE facing aspects of the Cirque
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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