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Castle Lake During the Storm
Location Name:Castle Lake
Date and time of observation:Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:45am
Observation made by:Forecaster
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 13' 27.9012" N, 122° 23' 21.1092" W
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)
- 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
Precipitation:Mixed rain and snow
Accumulation rate:Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature:Below Freezing
Air temperature trend:Cooling