red cone - snow and winds

red cone
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:30am
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37° 35' 43.1556" N, 119° 1' 36.7176" W
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Toured up to Redcone today.  Winds were strong even at low elevations this morning, with minor drifts across the tamarack trails.  By mid-day the winds died down substantially, and ridgetop winds were moderate out of the SW, and lower elevations winds were light.  The effects of yesterday's relatively warm air temps and clouds could be felt throughout tour as a subtly denser upper layer of snow, with a thin light layer right at the surface from flurries over night.  While winds were impressive this morning, couldn't find areas of concerning deposit on our tour.  We went out of our way to check out the top of some steep northerly chutes just off the ridgeline approach to Red Cone where snow was visibly transporting into, and ski cuts and stomping produced a couple very isolated very small failures (3-4 wide, 3" deep) - see attached pic.  The northerly slope of Red Cone had some minor fresh cornice development, and stomps on those didn't trigger anything below, and neither did a ski cut or skiing.  I'm sure there were areas of more concerning sensitive fresh wind deposits out in the mountains today with all the snow getting blown around from the wind, but this mellow tour didn't lead us to any.     

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75% of the sky covered by clouds
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Clouds were in and out.  Broken cover this morning with nice sunshine gave way to a low deck of thick cloud cover at 11:30am as we crested the ridge over redcone obscuring visibility to not more than a few hundred feet.  

Air temp at 12:30 at 10,300' = -5°C.  

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