Variable snow on Dunderberg

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
SE Gully Dunderberg
Submission Info
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path
Dunderberg 38° 4' 0.5196" N, 119° 15' 35.2656" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

A mixed bag of snow conditions were found today in the Southeast gully on Mt Dunderberg. Obvious wind effect and old avalanche debris likely from the last storm was coupled with melt-freeze surface snow as well as a little wintery snow in shaded micro-features.  A roughly 15cm fist-hard layer sat on top of a pencil to knife-hard layer in the mid to upper elevations, while the lower elevations had just enough snow to hide rocks. Temperatures were very warm, and the lower snowpack shrank noticeably within a few hours- what was skinable in the morning became bare rocks by early afternoon. Dug a couple hand-pits and stomped on some kick-turn cuts, without any results. Old rollerballs and some very small wet slides were visible from yesterday, but none formed today. Did not find any signs of instability during the day, and skied everything from windboard to corn to refrozen.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Accumulation rate: 
None

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