Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass -Moto side

Route & General Observations

Moto lot cruising the flats North along power line.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No obvious red flags

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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32F and snowing hard (~.5”/ hr) at the parking lot. Winds were calm at 1,000’ though the ridge top wx stations paint a different picture!
Visibility began to clear out after about 3:30p.

Snow surface

Moist powder. 8-10” new snow.


HS=140cm. ~1,000’ lookers left of the Seattle ridge uptrack. East aspect. 25 degree slope.
Density change at beginning of storm (down 8-10”) was producing consistent results in the snow pit. ECTP2, 4. Really not much of a slab formed yet in the upper snowpack.
More concerning was a layer of buried surface hoar down ~70cm above a decomposing crust. Snowpit results were varied ECTP9,17,29. All propagated the full width of the pit wall.

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