11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/20/2018
Observer Name: 
Weston Deutschlander
Location Name or Route: 
Humpy Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Weather was all over the place today. Obscured to scattered, S1 to S6 and even ended the day with sunshine. Cold, actually felt like winter.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
11"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

11" but with no wind. Old snowmobile tracks still hadn't filled in yet. Micro winds made for interesting surface texture.  I rarely see such calm winds out there. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #1 Comments: 

Basal facets were garbage and pouring off of glove.  Old crusts seemed supportable with up to 2+ft of relatively new snow. 2nd to last storm that came in warm was consolidating and the light density snow on top seemed to be bonding. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #2 Comments: 

South wind was making cornice's before the storm and now North wind is building in the opposite direction.  

Comments: 

Only saw one of these today. Wind drift building from N winds starting to slab up. Wind was so faint it was almost unnoticable yet there was evidence all over the place of wind transport. 

Loose dry ran a bit further than I would have thought. If you were aware of it, it wouldn't even knock you off your feet. If you weren't aware of it, it could potentially push you someplace you wouldn't want to be. 

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