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Conditions in Avalanche Gulch

Location Name: 
Avalanche Gulch
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:00am
Observation made by: 
Public
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 22' 9.7644" N, 122° 13' 30.1476" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Ski tour up avalanche gulch saw the following conditions:

  • Wind affected snow in open areas, ridge tops, and on westerly facing ridges.
  • Low density snow deposits in gullies and wind sheltered areas.
  • Strong NW winds transporting snow near and above treeline.
  • Height of Snow: 85-100 cm (34-40 in).
  • ECTP3 ↓ 5cm. 4F wind slab failing on 20 cm of F hard snow.

Photos

  • Snow in Gulleys and Sheltered Areas
  • Westerly Facing Ridges Scoured
  • Less Wind Effect Below Treeline, Gulleys, and Sheltered Areas
  • NW Wind Transporting Snow
  • NW Wind Transporting Snow
  • Climbers Right, Avy Gulch, 8650 ft.
  • Scoured Ridges, Climbers Right, Avy Gulch
  • Test Profile, ECTP3 @ 5cm
  • Small Cornices Forming, Easterly Facing

Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Precipitation: 
None
Accumulation rate: 
None
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Wind Direction: 
Northwest