Buried surface hoar on Earthquake dome

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Earthquake dome
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 2:45pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 40' 58.7424" N, 118° 59' 3.5484" W
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I went out for a short afternoon tour on the earthquake dome to search for buried surface hoar.  I did not note any Wumphing, cracking, ore recent avalanches on my tour today. However, there was significant wind transport occurring at all elevations throughout my tour. I dug in on an NE aspect at 8800’, the height of snow was 120cm, and I was able to find buried surface hoar as large as 3 mm, about 30 cm below the surface.  The ski penetration was about 40 cm, and test results did not show reactivity on this layer.   I did, however, get propagation on my ECT test at 45 cm from the ground where a stiff slab of 1F sat on top of F facets. Skiing conditions were enjoyable though in more exposed areas there was a notable wind skin forming.   

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour

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