Observation type- Snowpack
Keep me anonymous if published- no
Location (general area)- Baldy Bowl
Date (yyyymmdd)- 1/25/2013
Road conditions to area- open
Sky- Overcast (sky covered)
Wind speed- Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction- S
Wind direction in degrees- 180
Slope aspect- East
Aspect in degrees- 90
Slope angle- 20
Snow depth- 1m
Boot/ Ski penetration- boot 4-24"
Brief description- Raining on snowpack
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing- no
Rapid warming- yes
Obvious avalanche path- no
Terrain trap- no
Comment- Snow was good for kicking easy steps in our location. A bit too soft in many places with quite a bit of postholing. Significant new rockfall throughout bowl. The snow is not yet saturated but significant rain tonight/tomorrow or warming could trigger new wet slides.
Forecast tonight is for snow to 7000'. Current snow level is about 7500' in the bowl. With current cloud cover, I'd anticipate the base will remain quite soft during the new wet snow event which should make for good bonding at this aspect/elevation. But that's just my guess. I'll be back tomorrow so I'll give another update tomorrow night.
Publish this observation- Yes I would like this observation Published