Kachina Basin Alpine

Location Name: 
Kachina Basin
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 11/23/2019 - 12:18
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 28.9728" N, 105° 26' 22.6392" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went out today to see what was going on above treeline in the alpine specifically on northerly aspects with better visibility.  We continued to get whumpfing and collapsing on shady and northerly aspects above 10,500' where we had snow lingering from October storms.  Stability tests continue to indicate the potential for propagation on this poor snowpack structure. This problem isn't everywhere as we have a highly variable snowpack based on where the new snow fell on existing faceting snow or just bare ground.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Warming trend today but temperatures didn't really get above freezing.

Beautiful day with lots of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky.  Winds were calm with no snow transporting.