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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.12.17 Name: Davis Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Warm Springs, Galena Pass Observed Terrain:   Zone/Region:  
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: HST: Sky: FEW Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind:
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport:
 Comments: Hovering around 49-50 F in the WRV and 38-40 F at the Pass. High very thin clouds most of the day.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 1 Western Home Gulch SS U SE 9300 See photo.
 1 Gladiator Creek SS U SW 9600 Reported by Wieland. Easily visible from the Pass. See photo.
 Comments: Hard to definitively distinguish today's loose wet from previous couple of days. Some confirmed slides today on steep souths in Baker Creek. A few very fresh looking slides in warm springs (photo) as well as in rocky areas near Hulen Meadows. Lots of fresh looking roller balls from Galena Pass to about Twin Bowls parking. No loose wet observed in the alpine of the Smokys or Boulders.
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS:  
 Upper Pack: Surface crusts were broken down in Warm Springs (very wet) and Twin Bowls (wet) between 1400-1500. Surface snow held up much better at the Pass (moist).  
 Middle Pack: Melt forms at lower elevations and moist DF at middle. 
 Lower Pack: n/o 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Loose Wet

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:


Spatial Distribution:
Widespread
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Hard to tell if LW was an issue on true E.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Doubt east-facing slopes had much of a LW issue with a decent freeze last night. Upper elevation snow seemed to remain generally cool.
FILE ATTACHMENTS

170312_WarmSprings_LW_SE_8000_ED.jpg
Loose wet avalanche in Warm Springs. There were at least two others that I would guess occurred today. Southeast aspect at 8,000'.

170312_Slab_WesternHomeGulch_9300_SE_ED.jpg
Slab, mid-slope in Western Home Gulch (lookers right of Mushroom).

170312_Slab_GladiatorCr_9600_SW_ED.jpg
Slab in Gladiator Creek.