Forest Trail Knoll - SUPER strong winds

Forest Trail Knoll
Submission Info
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 3:45pm
Red Flags: 
37° 39' 12.096" N, 118° 58' 32.25" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured a few hundred feet up Forest Trail Knoll from Forest Trail Rd, before being thwarted by the extreme winds and turning around.  Lots of exposed frozen crust patches that I was still able to kick an edge into, but likely freezing harder and deeper soon making edging very difficult.  Patches of thin wind deposit too between the ice patches which was bonding well to the underlying freezing crust.  

Dug a hole in one spot at 8250', SE aspect, to check on depth of rain penetration, see attached photo.  Was surpised that snowpack was not wet to deeper depths.  HS=218cm.  New wind deposit=~8cm ontop of 1-2cm frozen crust.  Below this crust snow was WET for about 18cm, and was moist for another 15cm below that.  This was ontop of an old melt-freeze crust, which was ontop of dry snow.  

No signs of instablity on my short limited low-elevation tour, but in shletered areas at other aspects, I wouldn't be suprised to see isolated areas of deeper more concerning new wind drifts.  

Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Super strong west winds at low elevations today, almost knocking me off my feet at times at 8250'.  Tons of wind stripping. 

-3:30pm: air temp= -2.5°C.

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