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Storm Slabs & Shooting Cracks on Coyote Butte

Location Name: 
Coyote Butte
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 2:00pm
Observation made by: 
Professional Observer
Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsingRecent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 19' 53.7564" N, 122° 11' 26.5704" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Observations on southeast aspect of Coyote Butte:

  • Height of snow (HS): 355 cm (140 in)
  • Height of storm snow (HST): 51 cm (20 in)
  • Long shooting cracks in wind affected areas
  • Column tests indicate storm slab problem, consistent failures below breakable crust down 70 cm (28 in):
    • CTV SP ↓ 70 cm (28 in)
    • CT5 SP ↓ 70 cm (28 in)
    • ECTP1 ↓ 70 cm (28 in)
    • ECTP10 ↓ 70 cm (28 in)

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Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Precipitation: 
Snow
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Speed: 
Light