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Recreational Observation

West Slopes North - Canadian Border to Skagit River

Dec. 2, 2015, 4 p.m. PST

Weather: Partial clearing but warmer than wx fx AM, already +1.5 deg C at 0900 hrs, 4200ft - Heather Meadows. Pulsing waves of precipitation entered area around 1100 with each pulse gaining strength. All rain, no snow up to 5000 ft. 1530 hrs temp +2.7 deg C at 4200 ft. No snow capable of transport on the ground during observations

Snowpack: 15-20 cm HN24 settling quickly with warming and rain. I was a little worried about previous mfc/SH interface from previous high pressure but I think this weather system came in warmer than expected. Even at Mt. Baker, where the NW currently has the most snow, the snowpack is still shallow (~90cm) and providing surface roughness.

Area Description: Swift Creek and Table Mountain, Baker BC

Avalanches: I did observe D1 skier triggered wet avalanches but nothing larger in the 4-5000 ft zone, all aspects. Good sliding bed surface for WS and WL avalanches. I also think the weather prevented us, and the few others that were, out from getting into higher elevations where more snow and wind transport may have occurred.

Observation by Tino Villanueva

Latitude: 48.848696

Longitude: -121.685155

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No