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Castle Lake

Location Name: 
Castle Lake
Region: 
Castle Lake
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 1:00pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
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Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 13' 52.6656" N, 122° 22' 49.44" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Castle Lake has a clear, razor thin layer of ice throughout but it is not supportable. The snowpack is frozen solid and ranges from a few inches to 24 inches at higher elevations. Plan on encountering manzanita, logs, rocks, and other forest debris if attempting to recreate in the snow here. No signs of instability were encountered but the rock hard snow surface could provide an ideal bed surface on which future snow could slide. We are continuing to debug communication problems with the Castle Lake weather station. 

Photos

  • Right Peak, obstacles caked in a rock solid snow pack
  • Higher elevations supporting up to 24 inches of snow, but manzanita poking through.
  • Thin layer of unsupportable ice on the lake.
  • Debugging the Castle Lake weather station.

Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Blowing Snow: 
No
Precipitation: 
None
Accumulation rate: 
None
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Wind Direction: