Kendall fun zone via coal creek
Jan. 1, 2019, 12:01 p.m. PST
Weather: Sunny transitioning to high overcast by end of day. High of 33.
Snowpack: Did an isolated column test at elevation of 5300' on S-facing aspect. Solar affected powder with some surface hoar in places. 4" thick rain crust is buried about 10-12" below the surface. The most recent storm snow slid on top of the rain crust at CT-14 and was not a clean shear. We were surprised to see a deeper slope failure that we assume is the infamous deep persistent layer that slid on CT-20 and was not a clean shear. Of note, I did the same test on a N-facing aspect at 6000 feet on 12/31 in the Stevens area and noted the same deep layer that was much more reactive and with a cleaner sheer than the one I observed today at Snoqualmie.
Area Description: Lots of rollerballs on S facing slopes and signs of previous debris buried underneath most recent storm snow. No cracks or whumphing noted.
Avalanches: None observed.
Observation by Ryan Kuhar
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No