Red Lake Bowl / Black Mtn

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Red Lake Bowl / Black Mtn
Submission Info
Forecaster
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 2:45pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Black Mtn, East Face 38° 2' 34.44" N, 119° 16' 11.28" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Observer: d lewis
Lat/Lon:38.0429, -119.2698
Elevation: 10550 f
Aspect: ENE Angle: 28°
Signs of Instability: Recent Avalanches, Shooting Cracks, Wind Loading
Sky Cover: FEW
Wind Speed: Lightsubjective
Wind Direction: SW
Blowing Snow: Moderate SW
Snow Depth: 130cm
New Snow 24-Hours:20cm Storm:20cm 
Boot Penetration: 20cm

Comments: Light wind effect @ the Trailhead (9750'). Wind effect increased with altitude and exposure. Test slopes on ascent minor cracking (elev ~9800, North aspect). Exposed areas, noticeable snow transport filling in skin tracks and ski tracks. Windloading - near treeline and above at midday, mod to intense on N-NE-E-SE aspects. Decreasing to moderate to light by pm and primarily at ridge top (~11,000+) on NE-E-SE. Extensive windloadinng on N-NE-E aspects through the AM and early PM, winds decreased to moderate by late PM. Hand shears - treeline and below ~ moderate where slab present, many sites too loose, no slab present. 3 Stability Tests: CT26 Q2 95cm CT21 Q2 95cm CT23 Q2 95cm. Noted 3 R2, D2 avalanches on South Peak, North Face. Slides occurred in steep rocky terrain with prime southwesterly to westerly fetch. Wind Slabs from treeline and above more defined and wide spread. Storm total varied with elevation: 4" to 6" at ~ 9700', increasing to 5" to 10" at ~ 10 500' and above. 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None

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