Mt Laurel, East Face

AVALANCHE OBSERVATION
Mt Laurel, East Face

Drainage:

Submission Info
Forecaster
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:45pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
Avalanche Type: 
Dry
Slab
Loose/Point-Release
Trigger type: 
Natural
Aspect: 
East
Weak Layer: 
Storm Snow
Terrain: 
Above Treeline
Bed Surface: 
Unknown
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

Noted several small debris fields at the base of Mt. Laurel's, East Face on East through Southeast aspects. The debris didn't run far beyond the base of the cliffs ~8000'. Difficult to determine where on the face they originated, character or size but estimate D1.5. Possible Wind Slab releases given the wind but no crowns visible. Did note one Loose Dry point release down on the lower flanks. Moderate to Intense snow transport from westerly winds from treeline and above.

 

Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

A break in the storm, in the morning and early afternoon (2/15) south of Mammoth allowed for a quick visual tour to Rock Creek. Gusty winds to the valley floor, evident strong winds at ridge top based on extensive snow banners. 1 to 3 inches new at the trailhead ~7600' but plenty of transportable snow in the mid to upper elevations.

 

Number of People Caught: 
0
Mt Laurel, East Face 37° 34' 48.3348" N, 118° 52' 59.3112" W

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