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Storm conditions on Mount Shasta, Green Butte southeast aspect

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Storm conditions on Mount Shasta, Green Butte southeast aspect
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 04/06/2019 - 2:30pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 46.9836" N, 122° 12' 54.0072" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Two to three inches of new wet snow was observed at 8,000 feet at treeline on Green Butte. Rain was observed on Mount Shasta as high as 8,000 feet at 1400 (04.06.2019). Small wind slabs were reactive on test slope near the bottom of the steep middle east facing ridgeline of Green Butte. Surface textures were variable from smooth, sticky, wet new snow to icy exposed ridgelines. 

  • 20190406 @ 1400 hrs - Sorenson - Mount Shasta, Green Butte to 8,000 below, near and above treeline during the storm
  • SKY: Obscured 100%, foggy, visibility < .25 mile
  • PRECIP: Snowing/raining lightly, < 1in/hr, raining below 8,000 feet, 
  • BLOWING SNOW: yes, in isolated, exposed areas above treeline 
  • AIR TEMP: 32 °F @ 8,000 feet
  • SURFACE PEN: Ski 1-2 inches; Boot: 6-24 inches. Punchy moist to wet snow atop soft dryer layers all atop old wet layers.  
  • Height of New Snow (HN): 2-3 inches
  • Column test results: 
    • CT11 ↓ 7 inches (20 cm) RP
    • CT15 ↓ 11 inches (30 cm) RP
    • ECTP 15 ↓ 11 inches (30 cm) Q1


  • 2-4 inches of new over mostly supportable crust near Bunny Flat 7,000 feet
  • Near treeline 7,600 feet Green Butte (note: wind erosion and settlement around tree pointing NE)
  • foggy, visibility < .25 mile
  • Pit on southeast aspect 8,000 feet Green Butte
  • Pit on southeast aspect 8,000 feet Green Butte

Weather Observations


A wet spring storm blew this morning bringing rain and high snow levels at about 8,000 feet.  Light winds were blowing out of the south/southwest. Some blowing snow was observed during snow squalls. Temperatures were trending warmer at 1400. Rain and snow showers would move in and out; it would rain one minute then snow the next as clouds and sun holes moved overhead. 


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: 
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