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Red Butte Tour
Location Name:Red Butte
Date and time of observation:Sun, 03/04/2018 - 2:00pm
Observation made by:Professional Observer
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 21' 43.6428" N, 122° 10' 51.1932" W
Observations made during a 3 mile tour to Red Butte and South Gate Meadows in W, E, S, SE, N, NE, NW terrain:
- Height of storm snow (HST): 45-90 cm (18-36 in)
- Right side up configuration on all aspects (hardness F-4F-1F).
- Plenty of dry low density snow available for transport. Winds were calm to light. Very few signs of wind effect from the last storm beginning on 02/28/2018.
- No signs of cornices, wind slabs, or storm slabs.
- No obvious signs of avalanche danger including: no observed avalanches or whumphing or shooting cracks.
- Upper mountain obscured.
- Snow pits dug at two similar NE aspects showed slightly different structures and depths, but generally consisted of new storm snow with F-4F-1F hardness sitting atop a mix of rounding facets and ice layers or melt/freeze layers. Failures were stubborn to unreactive. Results from stability tests at two NE facing aspects at 7800 ft:
- Location 1:
- CT17 ↓ 30 cm BRK x 2, CTN
- ECTN17 ↓ 30 cm, ECTX
- Location 2:
- CT20 ↓ 95 cm SC
- ECTN15 ↓ 40 cm, ECTX
- Location 1:
- Slope ski cut tests yielded no results (SCN).
- Ski Penetration (PS) / Boot Penetration (PB): 20 cm / 30 cm.
- Minor sloughs triggered on slopes greater than 35 degrees.
- Ski and riding conditions were as good as it gets in these parts.
Cloud Cover:100% of the sky covered by clouds
Accumulation rate:Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature:Below Freezing
Air temperature trend:Static