Forecaster Observation - Ghoulie's Ridge, southern Whitefish Range

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Forecaster Observation - Ghoulie's Ridge, southern Whitefish Range
Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek)
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:00
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Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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In our Extended Column Tests on a southeast aspect at 6500 feet, we were able to initiate a fracture on the 1/12/2016 freezing rain crust with moderate force (1st test) and then hard force (2nd test).Two stability test completed in this pit:

Test 1: ECTP15 Q1Test 2: ECTP21 Q1

This is a good example of how recent avalanche activity should trump stability test results. In our pit (even though it was a different aspect) it required moderate to hard force, but just around the corner on an east aspect we were able to easily trigger a soft slab avalanche from a safe, flat ridge by just approaching from the top without even getting on to the slope. See observation:

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Avalanche observation from just around the corner:

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate (Small trees sway)
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
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Snowfall was intermittently between 0.5 to 1 inch per hour in the late morning/early afternoon.

Precip Rate: 
S2; moderate snowfall, 2cm/hour