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Recreational Observation

The Meadow is still fairly bare and below 4400ft HS decreased from the previous day. Above 4400ft there was actually a net gain in HS after the rain event and at 4700ft and 5100ft we observed an increase in snow depth of 10-20cm.

Dec. 21, 2014, 3 p.m. PST

Weather: Heavy rain early, tapering off by mid-morning turning back to moist and increasingly drier snow by mid day. Between S1 to S2 all afternoon.

Snowpack: We dug several profiles near the top of Skyline Ridge on a E-SE aspect at around 5100ft. The upper snow-pack consists of 8-10cm of moist snow (4F) overlaying 8-10cm of extremely wet snow (1F). Both of these layers are sitting on the storm snow from the beginning of this last storm (F) that was still surprisingly relatively dry and not near as saturated as we expected to see. Even after the rain event Saturday night and Sunday morning (12/19-20) HS increased at this elevation by 10-15cm overnight from the previous day. We preformed several pit tests on a 28 degree slope, at 5120ft on a E-NE Aspect and observed RB6 EB @56cm fracturing on the old storm snow and a older 2-3cm thick crust. This was the upper of two very close crusts that exist about 55-60cm down. We didn't observe any facets on this layer but did observe large melt forms (likely MFpc). We also observed ECTX, 2x CTM Q2 @ 56, and 3x CTH @56cm Q2 @56 all failing on the same layer.

Area Description: Top of Skyline Ridge, E-SE aspect

Observation by Ian Nicholson

Latitude: 47.797290

Longitude: -121.047363

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No