Red Cone - New Snow and Winds

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Red Cone
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 1:30pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 35' 46.3452" N, 119° 1' 27.336" W
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Toured out to Red Cone this afternoon to see how the winds were kicking up and transporting snow.  A good bit of turbulent snow suspension around noon visible over the Mammoth Crest, even in treed areas near treeline.  Some snow visible being blown over ridges mid to late morning as well before our tour.  Winds died down a bit and not nearly as much transport taking place after 1:30pm.  In our limited tour just above treeline up to 10,300', we didn't find any concerning sensitive wind deposits.  At the top of some northerly facing chuttes at tree line, some slightly denser snow deposits existed, but lacked cohesive slabiness and posed more of a concern of loose-dry then wind slab.  That being said, would expect to find some more concerning wind slabs up higher in more exposed terrain.  15-25cm (6-10") of new snow, and slightly more in some deposition areas.  What a difference soft snow makes after such a long time without for putting smiles on faces :-)  But bitter cold temps of 5°F / -15°C at 2pm at 10,200' didn't let us linger long at the ridgetop.      

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Winds transporting snow over Mammoth Crest - early afternoon
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Partly cloudy skies

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