Mineret Vista Obs

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Minaret Vista Vicinity
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Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm
Minaret Vista
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we toured out of Minaret Vista Road on a tour to gather observations.  On North aspects in protected terrain we were still able to find locations with 5-10cm of near surface facets on top.  Where we dug our pit, we found a thin melt freeze crust just under the 1cm of new snow from today, and another crust 1cm in thickness 50cm's down.  I found rounding faceted particles near both crusts. I got CTN on a compression test, boot pen was 10cm and ski pen was 3cm.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

The weather was the main source of observations today, which was a nice change of pace.  Throughout the whole tour today we saw snow at a rate of S-1.  Although light, it was nice to see considering how dry it has been.  Skies remained overcast throughout our tour and winds were generally light out of the SE, although I think that this wind direction was influenced by the terrain and is not reflective of the prevailing wind direction today.  At around 2PM the wind started to gust to moderate speeds.  It felt warm and most likely slightly above freezing when we began our tour at Main Lodge, but at 9,200' where I dug, it was noticably colder and the air temp was -2C.  No blowing snow was observed where we toured.  

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