Mammoth Side Country Weather and Snow Coverage on Solar Aspects

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mammoth Mountain Side Country
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 1:45pm
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Fresno Bowl 37° 37' 30.6588" N, 119° 2' 29.5692" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Snowpack depth varied from very thin to 75 or even 80 cm on the Southwest aspect of Mammoth Sidecountry.  The depth was thinner and more variable up higher where the terrain was exposed to wind.  Lower down found deeper snowpack especially in sheltered areas and gully features.  The surface texture varied widely from wind scalloped, to wind smoothed and also Melt Forms.  This side of the mountain has been kissed by sun, light to no freeze and ample radiation the last few days.  With continued high pressure I imaging the surface will continue to transform in this area.

There was enough snow to ski in places, but plenty of sharks were still lurking at or near the surface.  Cautions skiing and riding is still critical out there.

Snowpack photos: 
Snow coverage on the southwest face of Mammoth Mountain
Skin track on solars aspect just outside the ski area boundary
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

I took two weather observations on my tour today.  One at 9500 feet on a NW Aspect and the other at 10200 on a SW aspect.  Here are the details.  

Lower Fresno Bowl, NW Aspect, 9560ft, 1345 hrs

Wind: Calm gusting Light from the SW

Sky: Few

Precip: NO

Blo Sno: None

Tair 11.0 degrees C

Tsurf: -1.0 degrees C

T20: -4.0

Pen Boot 65 cm

Pen Ski: 15 cm

HS: 76cm

HST: 0 cm

Surface Form/Size: FC/1.0-2.0 mm

Santiago Bowl, SW Aspect, 10210ft, 1445 hrs

Sky: FEW

Winds: Calm

Blo Sno: None

Precip: NO

Tair: 7.5 degrees C

Tsurf: 0.0 degrees C

T20: -3.0 degrees C

Pen Boot: 20cm

Pen Ski: 5cm

HST: 0 cm

HS: 63cm

Surface Form/Size: MFcr/1.0-2.0 mm

 

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