Faceted Snow and Whumpfing on Carson Pass

Location Name: 
Woods Lake
Carson Pass Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:30
Location Map: 
United States
38° 40' 53.3568" N, 120° 1' 9.3432" W

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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Variable snow surface conditions exist throughout this area.  On NW-N-NE aspects, weak faceted snow exists below the snow surface in many wind protected areas.  In near and above treeline terrain, many areas are wind scoured with areas of hard wind slabs.  In below treeline terrain, soft slabs exist in isolated areas above the weaker faceted snow.  A high degree of variability exists throughout the different elevation bands, with differing facet layer and slab thickness combinations.  We could not intentionally trigger any avalanches on small test slopes but we did observe whumpfing and collapsing in 3 different areas.  Snowpack tests also all showed results that the faceted layer is weak and that propagation is possible if initiated.  

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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