The Bluffs - Air Temps and snow coverage

The Bluffs overlooking Sherwins and Punta Bardini
Submission Info
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 2:00pm
Bluffs 37° 37' 10.704" N, 118° 59' 25.242" W
Snowpit Observations
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We did a very short tour to practice with Transceivers this afternoon and we took the opportunity to go look at the Sherwins and Punta Bardini snow coverage and surface conditions(from afar).

Walking through the trees the greenhouse effect fromt the cloud cover was readily apparent.  At the top of the small ridge at 8400 ft facing Mammoth Rock the air temp was 3.5 degrees C and where snow was present there were Moist to Wet Melt Forms(MF) on the surface. Melt Freeze Crust(MFcr) below the surface form was between 15 and 20 cm thick and supportable for boots, skis and snowshoes.

While we were out the sky went from overcast(OVC) and no precip to obscured (X) and snowing lightly(S-1) and then back to broken skies with the sun poking through.  The temperatture also fell to 1.0 degrees C by 3 PM.

Looking across at the Sherwins and Punta Bardini it was a reminder of how thin and variable the snow coverage is in what is our traditional backyard terrain. (See photo) We 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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See above.  It would be hard to call the snowfall we witnessed anything more than flurries.

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