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Observation Date: 
02/22/2018
Observer Name: 
Michael Janulaitis
Region: 
Uintas
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: 
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