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Crater Lake National Park, Garfield Peak, Forecaster's Day Off

Location Name: 
Crater Lake National Park
Region: 
Outside of the Forecast Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:00am
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
42° 54' 16.2504" N, 122° 7' 27.5664" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

In the Garfield Peak area between 6400-8000ft, the height of the snowpack ranged from 80-130cm. The height of new snow by the end of the day measured 40-50cm. Natural dry loose sluffs were observed in steep north facing terrain dropping down to Crater Lake. Evidence of wind loading was easy to find near ridgelines. Stability tests found a density break within the new snow that produced resistant planar fractures and no propagation. Plenty of rocks and sticks were exposed and the overall snow coverage felt thin. The skiing was good on open low angle slopes with smooth ground cover.

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Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Precipitation: 
Snow
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Wind Direction: 
Southwest