Earthquake dome conditions, scenic loop

Earthquake dome
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Friday, December 7, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Earthquake dome 37° 39' 52.416" N, 118° 59' 49.4988" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Overall snowpack depth on the north and northeast aspects of Earthquake dome was around 60cm and fairly uniform in hardness 4F-1F. No signs of instability were observed.  Snow was very supportable and ever increasingly consolidating with lots of tree bombs and melting of snow from the forest canopy. Any snow receiving solar radiation was wet or forming crust when cooling. Skiing was good on the north aspects where coverage was adequate despite not being very deep, a great attribute of our storm last week having a lot of water in it.  On the plateau summit of earthquake dome  in some shady areas there were some cool precipation particles (snow crystals) in the form of needles. The needles grow normally from water vapor  within super saturated clouds. The needles laying on the surface also showed  some additional surface hoar that had grown on them after they had been laid on the snowpack surface. (See attached pictures). 

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Weather Observations
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Temperature was 1C at 300pm at 9200ft. Completely calm winds and splitter blue sky today.  Snow bombs in the forest canopy that were receiving direct sun were raining and shedding snow at a mild to moderate rate in the late afternoon.

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