Lately @ the BWRA

Location Name: 
Lately @ the BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:22
Location Map: 

Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

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

The uppermost 4" of the snowpack has been fairly saturated due to intense sun & afternoon warm-up. The first photo is of a pretty recent Wet slab avalanche that likely released on 3/11. The slide is on an East aspect that wraps around rocks & trees with a SE component. This terrain has a roll-over that nears 40 degrees & the snowpack gets thinner at the features. Photo #2 is of a cornice fall triggering a loose wet avalanche. In the foreground of the same photo is an elongated crown associated with the large snowfall over a week ago in the Hoover Wilderness. Yesterday the NRCS rode with me to check snow depth & perform maintenance on our remote Snotel stations. This photo is taken while drawing core samples of the snowpack (~100") at the drift on the measuring pillow.

Snowpack photos: 
Sardine Can Wall
Hoover Wness
Leavitt Snotel Measurements
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

We have had mostly clear skies & abundant sunshine. Last evening we did not reach freezing, anticipate wet snow conditions until we get increased clouds. Winds were from the South 15 to 20 mph gusts to 33.