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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst Ob #2

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Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to 3000′. See Sunburst Ob# 1

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

See Sunburst Ob #1

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.
Weather

Light rain on the north side of pass. Overcast very light snow showers on the ridge.
Winds NE 10-20 mph with gusts into the 40s
Temps: mid 30Fs at road, mid 20Fs at ridgetop

Snow surface

800'-1500': saturated snow
1500'- 2300': thin melt-freeze crust, wet grains underneath layer becoming thinner with elevation
2300'- 3000': wind affected snow

Snowpack

See snow pit photos and Sunburst Ob#1. No signs of instability or results in stability tests until 3000'. Colder temperatures will lock up lower elevation snow into thick melt-freeze layer

Photos & Video
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