Touchy wind slab on Mt Tom

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mt Tom / Elderberry Canyon
Submission Info
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:45pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 21' 8.8272" N, 118° 39' 28.1736" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Turned around ~12,000’ below North Ridge of Mt Tom due to small wind slab release on Ne aspect (3” depth, ~6’ wide with shooting cracks and limited adhesion to storm snow underneath). Visible loading on E and SE aspects. Mulitple recent crowns observed across throughout amphitheater above Lambert Mine (see photo). 

Rain crust present to 9100’. Multiple recent avalanches observed at lower elevations (D1.5 pictured just south of entrance to Elderberry Canyon, released off rocks on E aspect, ran ~400’).  This could have been triggered by slope warming.  No other evidence of wet loose activity, no rollerballs etc.... seen.  

 

 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Wind Direction: 
North

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