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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.19.19 Name: Davis, Lundy Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Lower Titus Weather Station Observed Terrain:  8700-9200', All Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: CLR Precip: Temps: 41 F
 Ridgeline Wind:
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
 Comments: Bluebird and warm, no obvious wind at upper elevations.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wet Loose

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:


Spatial Distribution:

Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: We did not observe any new WL in this area but we exited by 1300. It did appear that some additional WL had come down yesterday in the Boulders.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Quick trip to swap out precip can fluid. Wet snow and a matrix of near-surface crusts on sunny slopes had softened by midday. North-facing terrain still held relatively dry snow, with no crusts. There was about every variation and combination of these two scenarios on the shoulder aspects.

The surface snow is much different here than what I observed in the Boulders where there was very little soft snow. The surfaces there were either stout crusts that softened in the heat of the day, boilerplate wind buff or sastrugi and ice.