Buried Surface Hoar on Lake Mary Ridge

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:15pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 35' 50.334" N, 119° 0' 9.6012" W
Snowpit Observations
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Skied the Lake Mary Ridge trees anticipating an earlier storm pulse, and while accumulation was ~2.5cm/hr at times, there was only 10cm of new in sheltered locations before I left.

In a number of locations where surface hoar (3-5mm) had been present in these treed glades, I found it buried where the winds that accompanied this storm were not able to to destroy it, namely in the steeper glades mid-slope.

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: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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