Minaret Vista Storm Obs

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Minaret Vista
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Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:30pm
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Minaret Vista 37° 39' 4.3524" N, 119° 1' 38.1072" W
Snowpit Observations
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Today we toured out to Minaret Vista to make observations during the current storm and to dig a test pit.  At 11:50 on an east aspect on the Minaret Vista Rd at 9,020' the temp was below freezing with S-1 snowfall and an overcast sky with light winds from the SW with occasional moderate gusts.  In this location I was able to observe on a north aspect a ski pen of 1cm and boot pen of 15cm's.  On a south aspect in the same area the ski pen was 0cm and the boot pen was 1cm.  I dug a test pit t 9,200' on a north aspect near Minaret Vista.  The air temp was noticably colder ar -5C and the wind had picked up to moderate out of the SW with strong gusts.  HS at this location was 157cm's.  There was a 1 cm crust just under the 1cm of new snow that had already fallen today and another 2cm thick crust 15cm down that had facets underneath.  It was under this deeper crust that I was able to get a CTM SC down 20cm's in the facets near the crust.  During the hour or so that I was in this location for my test pit, I observed snowfall rates that approached S2 at times.  HS during this time went from 157cm's to 160cm's during this time period.  

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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