Observation: Bobs Knob

Observation Date
02/22/2018
Observer Name
Woody

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bob's Knob Bowl
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Cold temps with moderate wind and some light wind loading occurring off of the ridge into Bob's Knob Bowl. Trace of new snow.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Trace of new snow on top of 10" of settled powder from the previous storm on the 18th/19th. Snow is staying cold and dry.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
The snow pack has a very poor structure, but with out a slab this particular area doesn't have much of an avalanche hazard. If this structure ever gets capped by wind loading or significant snow fall it will certainly avalanche.
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8700
Slope Angle
26
Comments
The snow in these bowls have been less than 60cm all season. Because of the shallowness of the snow pack in this area we have seen significant faceting through the majority of the snow pack with the largest and most developed right now. The top of the crust at 37cm has a dirt layer from the wind event on the 18th. We found .5mil rounds just above the dirt/crust layer. It will be interesting to see if this layer of dirt promotes faceting over time. Right now the structure is very poor, but lacks a slab on top to pose an avalanche problem.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates