Six Bit Creek

Location Name: 
Six-Bit Creek
Region: 
Big Creek Summit
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:34
Location Map: 
United States
44° 38' 53.2032" N, 115° 47' 5.5572" W
US


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

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

I dug a snow pit at 7,000’ on a NW aspect (1st photo).  Spot was selected since it had surface hoar last time I was in the area.  I attempted 2 ECTs to depth of 100 cm.  both were ECTN but I did get one to propagate with full body weight at the base of 1-finger snow directly above rounding facets marked by the hole at the base of the pit.  I did not dig all the way to the base of the pack.  No indications of significant lingering surface hoar hazard in this area.  The mid and upper pack are strong in this area. I was also able to shovel shear the upper pack at the 1 and 2 finger interface as shown in the profile picture.  The rain crust is marked by the cable loop of the probe, it is weak at this elevation. 

There is a rain crust to 7,200 in this area it becomes somewhat supportable below 6,500’. The snow underlaying the rain crust is damp below 6,800’ or so.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Moderate hazard in this area, note: I was below treeline and avoided any wind loaded area.  I would expect the hazard to be higher at and above tree line.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
North
More detailed information about the weather: 

Weather of the day was wind.  Started out somewhat calm and picked up by 10 am.  Calmed down a bit by 14:30. Blew enough to move snow including graupel (2nd photo). Filled in skin tracks on each lap (3rd photo).  Blew enough to move snow below the ridgelines in typically sheltered areas.  I was below tree line today, I would assume that there was enough mid elevation wind to cross load terrain features.

I estimate gusts into the 30's.