11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/6/2018
Observer Name: 
Tyler Falk
Location Name or Route: 
Cardiff Pass
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
High temps at 8500 around 24 degrees, a nice change from the warm tempatures latily. S1 snowfall through the early afternoon which transistioned to clearing skys in the evening.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Around 12cm of storm snow at 9400' on east aspects in upper LCC. Total height of snow at that spot has gone down about 10cm since 1/10 to 125cm. ECTX as expected on South aspects around that elevation. A number of clean shears are still possible in the layered structure on South including 24cm down where 1-2mm facets developed above a pencil hard crust. Still not great structure with the sandwiches of crusts and facets. See pic below. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

Alta Guard Monthly Temp Data:

Avg. Dec Temp: 27.2 (Warmest December since 1980) Avg. Jan Temp: 27.3  So Far for Feb: 30.4 

Looks like we will be falling into a coastal classification for the Alta Guard weather station unless we get some very cold weather the next two months. Far different story however from last years coastal weather around the range. Similar warm temps but warm and dry not warm and wet. 

Pic. 1 Graupel pooling in typical locations. 

Pic 2. Sucker holes throughout the afternoon. 

Pic 3. Quick look at the the sandwich of crusts on South aspects at 9384'  

 

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