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Spring Like Conditions on Gray Butte

Location Name: 
Gray Butte
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 02/20/2023 - 12:05pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 57.7176" N, 122° 11' 33.8316" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Today’s outing on Mount Shasta holds no outstanding findings in terms of snowpack instabilities. Weather conditions were fair with a temperature averaging 41° F making for a warm spring-like day. Winds were calm blowing from the southeast with an occasional lite gust. High cirrus and lenticular clouds were seen blanketing the sky with windows of direct sunlight shining through. Due to a poor overnight freeze and warm ambient air temperatures, surface conditions were primarily moist on solar aspects below treeline with patches of wind-packed, wind-scoured, and brittle melt-freeze crusts on surfaces near treeline. Large tree wells and waning cornices were both signs of the snowpack's settlement

  • Observation Location: Gray Butte
  • Elevation: 8,000 feet
  • Date: 2023.02.20
  • Time: 1200
  • Observer: E. Falconer
  • Sky Conditions: Few (FEW) | Scattered (SCT)
  • Current Precipitation: NO
  • Air Temperature: 39 °F
  • Surface Penetration: Ski penetration (PS) = 3 in (5 cm), boot penetration (PF) = 7 in (13 cm)
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 121 in ( cm)
  • 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 0
  • 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W): 0
  • Wind Direction: SE
  • Wind Speed: [Calm (C), 0 mi/hr | Light (L), 1-16 mi/hr, twigs in motion |


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  • pre storm clouds: cirrus & Lenticular
  • 3 cm brittle melt-freeze crust found on shady and protected aspect.
  • below treeline conditions southeast aspects
  • below treeline conditions northwest aspect
  • over 270 cm of snow near treeline below previous wind-loaded ridge

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
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