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Conditions in Avalanche Gulch

Location Name: 
Avalanche Gulch
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 2:00pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
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Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 22' 29.3448" N, 122° 13' 20.4312" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Firm conditions exist throughout Avalanche Gulch. Subtle, wind affected snow has left a bumpy, widespread snow surface. Old, shallow, wind drifted scabs can be found on lee aspects. Gullies contain cinders blown from exposed areas.

Skinning on slopes greater than 20 degrees was difficult and frustrating. Winds prevented much softening of the snowpack, though there were spots on east facing aspects after 2 p.m. where solar radiation had begun to soften the snow.

Ice axe and crampons are mandatory for any foray onto steep slopes.

Photos

  • Subtle, widespread wind textures.
  • Old, shallow, wind drifted scabs; deposits of cinder.
  • Firm conditions everywhere. No boot penetration.
  • Glassy snow surfaces.

Weather Observations

Statistics

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