Observation: Duke Bowl

Observation Date
02/22/2018
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Duke
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
1"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northwest
Elevation
10100
Slope Angle
36
Comments

I went back to the site of the avalanche I set off yesterday to investigate.  My compression test revealed the snow ran just below the rime crust layer that formed on the 27th of January, documented here. I was surprised the rime crust was so well preserved. The bottom third of this thin snowpack is a facet factory with several decipherable crusts still present.  Throughout much of the range, without a sled or skis under my feet and a little hop I was sinking into the basal facets.

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