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During the Christmas Storm

Location Name: 
Green Butte, Mount Shasta
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/25/2020 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 24.714" N, 122° 12' 20.646" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


  • Observation Location: Bunny Flat / Green Butte / South Side Mt Shasta
  • Elevation: 6,950 feet to 8,200 feet
  • Date:  20201225
  • Time:  1330
  • Observer: R Sorenson
  • Sky Conditions: Obscured (X)
  • Current Precipitation: Type -  SN, Rate - S-2 - Snow accumulation rate of a little less than 1 inch per hour. 
  • Air Temperature:20 F
  • Surface Penetration: 1-3 inches / 2-8 cm
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 22 inches / 55 cm
  • 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 3 inches / 8 cm
  • 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W): .31 inches H20
  • Wind Direction: Southeast
  • Wind Speed: Strong - larger trees in motion for most of tour

A Christmas Day check of the new snow observed productive easterly winds on Green Butte. One to three inches of fresh snow covers a  shallow snowpack. A peek at the above treeline terrain discovered large rocky patches with little to no snow.  Here's to hoping that this will fill in quickly as more storms line up in the Pacific. 


  • Skinning out of Bunny Flat
  • Conditions below treeline on Green Butte Ridge

Weather Observations


See notes


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