PP obs

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/05/2019
Name: Joey Carpenter

Subject: PP obs
Aspect: North East, East, South East, South
Elevation: 9800-11500


Multiple loose snow avalanches observed throughout the valley, especially on steep solar aspects. Photo of debris from 3 loose snow avalanches on steep SW facing terrain. R1D1.5. Not big enough to fully bury but certainly enough to carry.

Weather: Prior to sun making it to valley bottoms, inversion held temperatures below 0F. Rapid warming quickly brought temps into mid 30s. Low, flat clouds filtered in throughout the day. Winds went from calm to ~10mph by 2pm. No snow transport observed.

Snowpack: 2-3mm surface hoar observed between 9800-10800ft on all aspects we traveled. Intense solar radiation cooked SE, S off by midday. E, NE preserved and will presumably be buried by incoming storm. HS @ 11.5k E aspect 160cm. S, SE aspects held solid 2cm crust from yesterday even near upper elevations. During intense morning sun, the crust began to moisten and refroze as clouds moved in throughout the day.