I thought it snowed?

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Zone: Southeast Mountains

Location: Red Coon Glade

Date of Observation: 12/13/2020

Name: Steve Banks

 

Subject: I thought it snowed?

Aspect: South

Elevation: 11,600

Avalanches:

Saw a couple mid storm crowns on Axtell and I’m RLB. None looked bigger than D1.5 though they were quite filled in. These were on NE,E and SE facing slopes Above TL.

Weather: So hot in the sun. So cold in the shade. Barely a breath of wind. I thought I saw a cloud but it was just my judgment. I did see some flagging off of Beckwith in the late afternoon which I found a little surprising given the lack of wind where I was.

Snowpack: Thin! Solar slope BTL had little old snow except where shaded by trees. I found a little bit of moist snow and a little bit of a new crust forming, but only in 30+* slopes. In a few lower angle slopes there was old snow which was a confused mess of large faceted grains and up to 2 older crusts. Recent snowfall amounted to about 6-8” depending on elevation. I wouldn’t be surprised if some S-SW slopes got a new surface crust today.