Cold Temperatures in the Sherwins

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 1:00pm
Sherwins
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Approx 100cm HS below Mammoth Rock on a sheltered NE aspect BTL. Crust/facet combo in the upper portion of the snowpack was unreactive in small column tests in 3 separate pits. Pencil hard snow at the ground. A couple good turns to be had in sheltered glades that were north facing, although it's tough to navigate the extreme patchwork of variability to determine where those good turns may reside. A variety of supportable surfaces including old windboard and melt freeze crusts was peppered with breakable surfaces and recycled powder. Winds were light to moderate out of the North in the vicinity of Mamoth Rock.  We observed light blowing snow in open areas BTL in our vicinity and banners of snow blowing off the Mammoth Crest from a distance. TAir at approx. 1300 was -12c with a snow surface temperature of -14c. There were several small to medium sized Red Fir trees that likely fell during yesterday's strong SW winds which added to the variety of obstacles to be avoided while traveling through the forest.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
North
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