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Windy lap on Green Butte
Location Name:Green Butte, Lower Sun Bowl, Mount Shasta
Date and time of observation:Sat, 02/06/2021 - 1:00pm
Observation made by:Forecaster
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 22' 6.69" N, 122° 13' 5.2932" W
See map: Google Maps
Air temperature:Above Freezing
Air temperature trend:Warming
Many people were out recreating in the sun and snow today. It could have been confused for a warm spring day, despite the howling winds.
We toured up Green Butte ridge to observe the winds and look for signs of lingering wind slabs. Snow surfaces are a mixed bag of textures, including packed sastrugi, sticky butter, and smooth melt-freeze. The strong wind has blown dirt and tree debris across the surface of the snow. Despite the strong winds, the temperatures were warm and melting the upper snowpack. Smooth spring-like conditions were found on protected southerly aspects.