Observations from Crater Lake

Location Name: 
Crater Lake
Carson Pass Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 
United States
38° 43' 13.5876" N, 119° 58' 28.7436" W

Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
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Picture: Large surface hoar laying down due to Moderate+ NW winds above Crater Lake. SH observed on all aspects, and remained standing in wind sheltered areas and below treeline.

Above Crater Lake in test pits on 3 different slopes, all at +/- 8700ft and from N to NE aspects, a Near Crust Facet layer was observed just below the surface crust most recently buried. Although no slab was observed above this layer in the area today, CT results were Sudden Planar on 6 of 6 tests. The deeper faceted layer was observed from 55cm to 70cm from the surface, and CT results were Sudden Collapse on 6 of 6 tests. The deeper layer took Hard taps to fracture, including one CT30.  The slab above this layer had dense snow including several crusts.

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Some people are still driving quite high on the Crater Lake access road, so be careful not to block the road when parking.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Thin, high clouds with occasional light snow showers observed shortly after noon. I departed before observing any accumulation.