Convict Creek, Snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Old Mans Bowl
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Forecaster
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 3:00pm
Red Flags: 
37° 34' 9.3144" N, 118° 51' 10.8576" W
Snowpit Observations
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We got a late start for a tour up Convict creek to the top of old man's bowl this afternoon. We were hoping that things might have softened up a bit with the sunny skies. Unfortunately, this was not really the case. Moderate north winds were quite chilly and did there part to keep things pretty hard and frozen.  The storm yesterday afternoon brought some new snow (<2”) that helped to make things creamy in spots but the winds had largely confined the new snow to depressions and other catchment zones, leaving a variable surface of supportable melt freeze crust, old elevated tracks, and ribbons of shallow new snow.  Some bannering was observed on ridge tops but this seemed to be more pronounced on high elevation peaks.  

At 2 pm the temperature was 26°F at 10,800’ with sunny skies and moderate winds.  Some thin cloud cover seemed to be building around 2:30 but the solar gain was strong.  Below 9000’ or so on the moraines the surface snow was notable softer but still supportable. Dropping off of Tobacco flats it became apparent that just a few degrees of aspect made all the difference in ski quality.  The more western exposure the more sun softened the snow was.  All in all, it was a beautiful day with some variable skiing.

Some old loose wet debris, (likely from Sunday or Mondays warm-up) was observed on the east chutes off of Mono Jim Peak but no other signs of instability were noted on our tour today.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
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