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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 02.28.18 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Galena Summit and Galena Lodge Observed Terrain:  research: relatively flat areas near summer Titus trailhead and Galena Lodge Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: trace HST: Sky: VAR Precip: Temps: -5 to -1 C
 Ridgeline Wind:
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: Large amounts
 Comments: Skies ranged from CLR in the AM to OVC for large parts of the afternoon
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: Galena Lodge (7300') flats = 100-110cm 
 Upper Pack: @ Lodge: 15cm F PP/DF, then 15cm 4F DF/RG, then 1cm .5-1mm FC above a 1cm crust (2/14), then mixed bag of melt freeze and 1-2mm FC
30cm to 2/14 weak layer at Galena lodge, about 40-45cm to 2/14 PWL at Titus trailhead 
 Middle Pack: FC and mixed forms and crusts 
 Lower Pack: not observed 
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: Lower Titus parking area: 5X PST about 20/100 End, 1x PST SF
Galena Lodge: several PST Arr, 1x PST SF
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Much softer, weaker snowpack above the 2/14 layers at Galena Lodge elevation (7300'). If the storm forecast verifies and this area get .75-1.5" of SWE, expect the instabilities to move down in elevation to this level - this snowpack will not react well to a big, rapid load.