McCloud Lake Area Weather and Snowpack Observation

McCloud Lake Area
Submission Info
Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 1:45pm
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37° 36' 15.2316" N, 119° 1' 58.4472" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured to the McCloud Lake zone today and did a little snooping in the snow.  Above 9000 feet it is hard to find areas where there aren't facets on the ground except maybe the most southerly aspects.  The idea behind digging in the snow here on a due North aspect was to see just how thick the slab could be and also note the thickness of the buried facets.

HS 100cm  Slab Thickness 70 cm  Facet Layer thickness 30cm

As you may be able to see the surface snow was fist hardness and moved to 4f and 1f(stiffer snow) above the facet layer, which I found to be somewhere between 4f and Fist hardness.  No column tests were performed here given the nature of the terrain and slope angle we didn't expose ourselves to connected features above 30 degrees.

Surface snow was well preserved from the previous storm.  Isn't December just the best.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Crisp, but not too cold today.  Though North winds picked up from previous days.

At 1:45 PM at9730 feet on a North Aspect

Tair -9.0 Tsurf -13.0 T20 -8.0

FEW Clouds

Winds L from the North gusting Moderate

HS(Height of Snow) 100 cm

HST(Height of previous strorm snow) 15cm

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