Snowpit

Location Name: 
Above Summit Lake
Region: 
Secesh Summit Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/20/2016 - 14:00
Location Map: 
United States
45° 11' 12.3216" N, 115° 54' 51.3324" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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No new natural or human caused avalanches have been seen or reported.

Yesterday, we toured out near Summit Lake, Sesesch Summit Area. South West winds were strong to intense (40MPH) at ridgetop, allowing for transport of the new snow into Northern aspects. Althougght he majority of the winds were out of the SW yesterday, we noticed gusts out of the North also. Wind slabs, old and new were peeling off with the weight of  a skier. We dug a test pit on  North West aspect at 8200 feet. we did find some graupel and crusts within the snowpack. The most notable failure was in the new snow interface CTM-15. Faceted snow was present above and below crusts in the lower pack, but are rounding/strengthening, and did not come out in our stability tests.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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