June Lake Snow Conditions

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Dream Peak, Fern Grotto
Submission Info
Forecaster
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:15pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 44' 26.7576" N, 119° 6' 5.6952" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I toured up to 10600’ outside of the June Lake boundary today to get an idea of how the increased winds were affecting the fresh snow.  The temperature was chilly this morning and surface conditions were hard descending from the boundary to Yost creek. Supportable melt freeze crust with a trace of new snow made skinning up to the saddle between Dream peak and Hemlock peak a bit challenging but I was able to make it without ski crampons.  Moderate SW winds were blowing on the ridge and some light wind transport was taking place on the ridge.  New snow was limited; in non-wind loaded areas above 10000’ I found less than an inch of new snow, and only isolated pockets of shallow wind slab were observed.  Surface conditions were predictable while descending down “Dream Bowl”.  I found that less steep pitches skied slightly better as the underlying crust was more noticeable on steeper slopes.  I opted to head back up and descend to the highway via the “Fern Grotto”.  Things had softened up a bit by the time I returned to the top of hemlock Peak. Although a bit chopped up by previous skier traffic the descent down the chute was pleasant.  Surface conditions were quite a bit softer below 9000’ making for pleasant pseudo corn skiing below Fern Lake.   At about 8000’ conditions became a bit manky and sticky but boot penetration was still less than 20 cm.   

Some old roller ball activity and loose wet activity was observed on my tour today but no signs of instability were noted on today’s tour.  

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Overcast skies cleared slightly by the afternoon. The temperature felt chilly for most of the morning. Diminishing cloud cover and increasing solar radiation did there part to warm things up by mid afternoon.  Moderate winds were steady on ridge tops and some wind transport was observed.

12:22- 9300’, 38°F Light SW wind, overcast skies, trace of new snow, supportable MF crust

1:21- 10,400’ 35°F, moderate SW wind, overcast skies, 5cm BP

3:08- 7600’ 43°F, Light SW wind, scatterd clouds, 20 cm BP

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