Observation: White Pine

Observation Date
05/5/2018
Observer Name
Steenburgh

Region:

Location Name or Route
White Pine
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Calling it clear. Thin high clouds around this morning. Enough for a 22˚ halo. Wind light and variable, although we didn't top out.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Morning tour with either melt/freeze crust or damp snow. Former predominated early, even at the trailhead. Hasty pits showed freeze was shallow in most areas.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Red Flags Comments
Natural wet sloughs on dusty old melt/freeze crust on steeper slopes and most aspects. Most appeared to initiate near exposed rocks. Probably from prior day. Rollerballing while skiing on NE aspect a around 11:30 AM. It's too hot out there for early May.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Normal caution needed with spring conditions and daytime warming.
Sloughs on Red Baldy tell the tale. Likely from previous day.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates