East Slopes above Davis Lake - High clouds, Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
East slopes above Davis Lake
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Friday, April 9, 2021 - 11:30am
37° 30' 9.144" N, 118° 47' 27.132" W
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Toured out of Rock Creek this morning to head towards the SE Gully of Mt Morgan North/Nevahbe Ridge to check on surface softening on SE aspects.  Thin coverage at the top and a good bit of bare ground on the exit had be shift my plans to an Eastern gully up between Mt Morgan and Mt Stanford.  High thin clouds all morning made me think that the softening on the East aspect would be slower than normal, and that my late-ish timing might still work out.  And indeed it seemed that way.  See attached video taken at 11am at 12,200' showing shallow surface moistening/softening ontop of a robust crust.  Boot penetration was at most 5cm.  Skiing down at 11:30 seemed perfect today for a high elevation East aspect.  ...actually the first time this season for me that I would call it "true corn" skiing :-).  Lower elevation East aspects definitely softened alot more, with some areas of thigh deep boot penetration at 10,000' at 12:30pm in scattered trees, and manky thick skiing on steeper slopes getting much more rotten with drop in elevation.            

The steep east facing moraine above rock creek rd was mostly bare from 9000' - 9600'.

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High Clouds
SE gully on Morgan North / Nevahbe Ridge
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Weather Observations
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Scattered high clouds all day.  Calm to light winds.

9:30am @ 9,900': Air temp= +4°C / 39°F

11:30am @ 12,700': Air temp= -1.5°C / 29°F, calm winds at ridgetop, but consistent light SW breeze at the high point just 20' higher.  

12:00pm @ 10,700': Air temp= +2°C / 36°F with occasional light breeze

 

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