Mule Peak Revisit Day 3

Observer(s) Location: Report #:
1012
Mode of Travel: Complete Report Date/Time: Orig Report Date/Time:
Ski (Mountaineering AT, Tele etc)   04/15/2017 11:38 AM 03/17/2014 8:34 AM
Type of Report:
                       

Red Flags:
Wind
Intense precipitation
Whumpfing sounds or cracks

Narrative

The skiing was phenomenal this morning with 15 cm of new snow on the firm layer bridging layer that went from melt to freeze overnight. There was numerous whumpfing and hallow sounds at the lower elevations (~7000 ft)  particularly on NW aspects. The concerning red flag was the snowfall and wind transport. Winds were gusting to 40-50 mph overnight and Monday morning they were around 30-40 mph. Snow was falling heavily at S3 rate. By mid morning, it was S4, and the winds died down. We continued to ski low angle terrain due to the red flags and general instability lurking throughout the western US.


We happened upon some sledders having fun when we got out, one being WAC advisor Forrest Warren. It was nice to have them there to make sure our machines got going again to take us home. The sledding was very good too!


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Preliminary report via radio communications from Tesmond Hurd, La Grande Weather Service.



Snow & Weather
Elevation: 7400 ft New Snow: 15 in
Precip: Snow Wind: NW @ mph
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Audio/Video

Audio: 

New Snow / Snow Surface

New Snow Depth: 

15
Weather
-10
Heavy

Wind Speed: 

Wind Direction: 

NW

Precipitation: 

Snow

Sky Conditions: 

Units: 

C