Strong Winds at Meiss

Location Name: 
Meiss Headwaters
Carson Pass Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:00
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United States
38° 42' 44.3556" N, 120° 0' 13.4532" W

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
Terrain Trap

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
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Pic 1: I performed several ECTs on different small wind loaded features - generally W aspects. All of them propagated on easy taps, and all on a thin layer of very small facets within the wind slab.  These must have been windblown into the new snow sometime during the storm.  In this picture, the new/old interface is 5cm below the failure on facets.  

Pic 2: The only place I could find new snow on top of well developed facets, there wasn't enough slab to be of concern. This was near treeline on a slope sheltered from the wind.

Pic 3: Most wind deposited features in this area were very small and didn't have enough volume of wind slab to be of concern. This is an exception (location of pin drop on map).

Pic 4: Elephant's Back getting scoured. The E/NE aspects around Meiss were thoroughly scoured back to the crust.

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