Deadman Creek

Location Name: 
Deadman Creek
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:04
Location Map: 

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

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Cold dry powder was precipitating at a S5 (+2"/hr) rate. HST was 10" for our study location at Sonora Snotel site @ 8770'. Measurements elsewhere & Leavitt Lakes Snotel found almost 16" near treeline. At 25-30cm deep within the new snow a layer of large (3-4mm) Graupel mixed with Rimed Particles was found. This layer of concern has a small buffer of rounds above a pencil hard Melt-Freeze Crust. In compression stability tests no reults were found. Temperatures within the snopack became isothermal, or near freezing, below the mfc and moisture content became greater. Full height of snowpack in pit location above Deadman Creek 165cm (65"). 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
3-4mm Graupel
New snow @ Sonora Snotel
Graupel & Rime 25cm deep
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Impressive precipitation for the BWRA in April. Between 10" & +16" was recorded in areas below treeline where winds slabs were not well developed. Snow was accumulating at a rate of +2" per hour.