NF Bishop Creek-snow conditions 10300ft NW

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Near Grass Lake
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Forecaster
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:15pm
37° 12' 59.148" N, 118° 37' 28.5564" W
Snowpit Observations
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Another gorgeous day! On my up route at 1100am I ascended a SE aspect and it was supportable and not super wet. Snow depth on the southerly aspect was averaging 90cm where it was filled in and much shallower in other areas. Skied a NW aspect and the top of the ridge at 10500ft down to 9500ft there was new surface hoar, and it was fun to ski. Dug a snowpit (see attached profile) at 10300ft and found good overall stability. HS: 145cm. There was rounding faceted snow on the bottom 45cm of the snowpack and this basal layer was not quite as compressed and strong as the base layer I found in a deeper snowpit (HS: 235cm) dug in the Mammoth area 1/29 (NW at 9500ft). Found good soft wintery snow on northerly aspects down to 9000 ft today. Did not observe any signs of instability, and did not see any evidence of recent avalanche activity anywhere in the upper NF Bishop Creek drainage.

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Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
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It was just above freezing at 10300ft at noon today. In the sun, it felt much warmer with the lack of a breeze. Around 100pm a slight cloud bank started rolling over the crest, but it did not progress much while I was up there. It was another spectacular Sierra Day. Very calm, for the most part clear in my area and quite peaceful.

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