Dunderberg Peak

Location Name: 
Dunderberg Peak
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:20
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path

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

A couple of early season storms have collected the majority of our snowpack on leeward (NE) slopes. Winds have scoured (SW) facing slopes & deposited the broken snow grains into irregular drifts across the landscape. Unsupportable wind slabs have formed with a noticable layer of near-surface facets below this thin crust. A somewhat uniform layer of wind-broken particles constitutes 90% of the overall snowpacks volume. Very subtle layers exist in this slab but are only somewhat reactive with heavy force 28cm in depth, where shearing can occur. 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Dunderberg
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Large Sierra sized storms over a week ago left us with a wind battered snowpack. Sun & calm winds have dominated the forecast leaving us with a melting & near-surface facetting scenario. Significant snow is not foreseen in the forecast for at least another week. Expect sun & above freezing temps.