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Castle Lake- General conditions before the storm

Location Name: 
Castle Lake, Center Peak
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:46pm
Observation made by: 

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 13' 12.648" N, 122° 23' 19.3128" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Observations around Castle Lake:

  • The height of storm snow (HST): 4 inches (10 cm) 1-2 inches of light snow sitting atop a crust above rounding precipitation particles from earlier in the storm. All this sits atop a 1-inch thick crust. 
  • The height of snow (HS): 325 cm
  • Variable surface textures; wind textured, hard supportable crusts, soft rounding snow. 
  • Large overhanging cornice features have formed on the ridge above Heart Lake
  • No signs of instability


  • 1 inch of fresh snow over supportable melt freeze crust
  • View of Left Peak from Center Peak ridge
  • View of Right Peak from Center Peak ridge
  • Large overhanging cornice features have formed on ridge above Heart Lake

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: