Scarp Ridge

CBAC2014-15 Observations

DATE: 2/18/15
LOCATION: Scarp Ridge Area
ELEVATION: 9,500-12,400’

WEATHER: High clouds; gusty and swirling winds into the mid-30’s; cold temps; strong solar

SNOWPACK/AVALANCHE OBS: Major wind event above TL yesterday, stripped all windward aspects bare of any recent new snow, and some zones on ridge top got blown down to bare grass and dirt. Raised old ski tracks visible everywhere on ATL SE-W aspects. Small pockets of freshly wind loaded and dense snow cracked and moved on steep E terrain where it was overlying a stout and slick melt freeze surface, but nothing moving further. Despite strong solar radiation, snow surface stayed locked up due to cold ambient air temps and gusty and cold winds at surface, even on steep solar aspects at all elevations.