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Gray Butte

Location Name: 
Gray Butte
Castle Lake
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:00pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 47.04" N, 122° 11' 45.0636" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


March 24, 2020 (20200324) - Gray Butte

TIME: 0900-1530 SKY: Overcast, periods of low visibility 
PRECIP: On and off light to moderate snowfall (S1-S2) between 0900 and 1400

WIND: There was no wind affect on the snow surface below treeline. Near and above treeline, wind effects were light. Gray Butte weather station observed 5 hours of moderate SW wind from 0700 to 1400
BLOWING SNOW: Yes, Light AIR TEMP: Max 24 F at 1400 hour, Minimum 15 F at 0700
SURF PEN: 2 to 4 inches (6-10 cm)  
HST : 4 inches (10 cm)
HS :  67 inches (170 cm) at 8,000 feet
  • Small drifts were up to 6 inches deep. 
  • Minor cracking and tiny wind slabs on the NE aspect of the ridge failing on new/old snow interface.
  • Southwest aspects near treeline host scoured icy patches.
  • The old melt-freeze crust was breakable in spots under the fresh snow.
  • Small sluffs were observed in west-facing terrain steeper than 40 degrees. 

Weather Observations


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: