Dunderberg Peak

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Dunderberg Peak
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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
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38° 3' 50.9112" N, 119° 16' 1.7292" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

The snowpack was extremely variable on Dunderberg. The north side was completely bare and south aspects were patchy and shallow. When we dug a pit we found variable results in our tests as well. We dug a hasty pit at the top of the SE gully where it meets the east summit at 12,300 ft. The heigh of snow was 40 cms and was mostly wind slab (RGwp) grains on top of about 15 cms of huge (4mm+) depth hoar and some ice. We found most of the depth hoar around rocks that we encountered when digging. Our 2 compression test results were CTH 23 PR Q2-3 and CTM 15 PC Q3 failing both times on the depth hoar layers.

Photo below shows large (4mm+) depth hoar crystals found at ground level.

 

 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
More detailed information about the weather: 

Extremely high winds today, over 40mph. We saw lots of snow transport at ridgelines all over the area.

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