Lee Vining, Snow Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
N trees below "the End"
Submission Info
Forecaster
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:00pm
Red Flags: 
37° 54' 58.0464" N, 119° 11' 11.7492" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I went for a tour up to about 10000’ on the Dana plateau today with the hope of finding some cold snow. While ascending the north facing trees adjacent to the V bowl around 930 am we noticed that the snow surface was already quite warm. Large pinwheels were easy to initiate on steeper slopes and the snowpack could be described as “goo”.  Above 9000’ things improved and we were able to find some decent turns. Snow surface was still moist and air temps were around 40° F for most of our day.  

Digging in on a north aspect at 9500’ we found a snow depth of 146 cm and a largely solid snow pack. I was able to find some flattened, rounding surface hoar about 40 cm below the surface with a shovel sheer test however this layer was not reactive in any of our tests today.  Rounding facets made up the bottom 40 cm of or pit but they were also unreactive in our test today.  Over all things appear to be healing in this location.

 

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
None
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