Mammoth Lakes Area Observations

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Sherwins, Mammoth Backcountry and Lakes Basin
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 1:30pm
37° 36' 6.696" N, 119° 1' 1.182" W
Snowpit Observations
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20191231 AIARE 1

 

We had three groups in the field today.  One in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.  One in the Sherwins and a third in the Mammoth Mountain Sidecountry/Hemlock Ridge area.

 

Mammoth Lakes Basin Group Obs

Cold winter snow on the surface in all sheltered areas.  20-25cm HST on flat, east, south and gentle west slopes

 

On steeper southerlies there started to be hints of temperature and solar impacted snow.

 

Active wind transport visible along the crest. Especially on Ship’s Prow.

 

On the NW slopes of the Lake George Ridge facing Horseshoe lake. 9200 feet. HS 105. HST of 45-50cm some wind deposition possible, but not windslab formation.  Hand shears were stubborn and non-planar on the crust.

 

SE Aspect at 9200 feet.  HST 25cm. HS 90cm With stubborn hand shears failing under the top crust at 30cm. Failure on Facets 1-2mm

 

WSW Aspect 8980 feet HST 20cm

HS 85. Crust is much stiffer here.

 

Easier hand shear. ct showed moderate to hard results that were non planar.

 

Solar and temp starting to impact surface condition.

 

For Sherwins and Mammoth Side Country Obs see photo.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Clear skies in the morning and then clouding over a little along the Mammoth Crest in the afternoon.  Solar radiation and warming was felt on the south facing slopes, but temps remained crisp in the shade.  No significant wind for transport down low, but flagging was present all along the crest.

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