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Observation Date: 
03/8/2018
Observer Name: 
Evelyn
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Red Pine
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
High thin clouds moved in by 11 am after a clear morning, cutting off heating significantly again.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Only north and northeast facing slopes have soft dense snow left, with some surface faceting.  All other aspects were crusted this morning - the high spring sun is hitting most aspects.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
West
Elevation: 
9600
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Same suspect layering as on other aspects, but upper snowpack weak layer was stronger at this spot, and all ECTX. 

While the widespread dirt layer from February 18th isn't currently a weak layer it's self, it is a great marker layer.  Several significant recent avalanches have failed on a facet layer several inches below this dirt layer.  So when you're digging down, find this layer and then dig below it, looking for a softer, weak sugary faceted layer.

Facets also exist near the ground.

Below: typical minor wet loose sluffs from yesterday, March 7th, on west facing slopes.  It seems the clouds have off set heating for 3 days in a row, letting the snowpack adjust to the heat more slowly, resulting in smaller wet loose sluffs.

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