Observation: Wilderness Peak Area

Observation Date
03/26/2013
Observer Name
Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Franklin Basin-->Maple Creek--Wilderness Peak Area, ID
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Chilly in the morning, with apparent high RH and southwest breeze... Quickly heated up around noon with periods of sun and definate greenhousing.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Found a bit less than a foot of nice settled powder at upper elevations, and it stayed nice on north and northwest facing slopes until around 1300, when it started to get moist and sticky except in shady forested areas.   The now fairly shallow recent snow was damp in the sun, but actually fast and smooth on an upper elevation southeast facing slope on our exit at around 1400.  We found a couple inches of somewhat sticky and soft snow from last week capping a smooth and supportable base at mid elevations in upper Franklin Basin on our way out.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Comments

Sorry about the smudge and the creaking sounds in the video, I'm still just learning how to use the GoPro....

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