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Castle Lake During the Storm

Location Name: 
Castle Lake
Castle Lake
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:45am
Observation made by: 

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 13' 27.9012" N, 122° 23' 21.1092" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


A very wet, wild and windy day. The road to Castle Lake is plowed, as of 1330 hours on 01.16.19.

  • Top layer (1-2 inches) of snowpack heavily saturated and wet at lake level. Lake is still frozen and supportable.
  • Medium to large roller balls were observed on Right Peak, easterly facing, 5,800 feet. 
  • Upper Castle Lake (6,000 feet +) hosted dryer snow, albeit still moist. 
  • (See illustrated picture for additional details)


Weather Observations


  • Moderate to heavy precipitation was observed for the entire tour.
  • Accumulation ~1 cm/hour, though snowing/snaining/raining hard at most times. Wet nature of precip prevented better accumulation amounts.
  • Snow level hovered around ~5,000 feet today. Heavy wet snow was observed up to 6,000 feet.
  • Winds were locally gusty and erratic, blowing moderate to strong from the E-SE-S. Blowing snow was minimal due to wet nature of storm at given elevation (+/- 6,000 feet)


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Mixed rain and snow
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
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