SE Gully Mt Tom - Windy up high, conditions

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SE Gully Mt Tom
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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00pm
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37° 20' 30.0048" N, 118° 38' 30.9768" W
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Toured up Mt Tom from Buttermilk Rd up to 12,500'.  Calm winds all the way up to ~12,000, then become moderate with strong gusts out of the NW over ridges above 12,000'.  Snow blowing over high peaks here, and on drive back home across the tops of the Nevahbe Ridge and others.  Relatively warm day, air temp -2°C at 12,500' at noon.  South facing aspects below 12,000 were getting quite moist and isothermal below 11,500' (and quite shallow, for most part not more than a foot and a half).  A few thin shallow panels of wind board broke lose while skiing at upper elevations, but nothing larger than a few feet across. Low elevation surface conditions down below 7,000' were very aspect dependent, with cold wintery snow on micro features facing north and wet to the ground facing south.  Nice creamy turns between 11,500' and 8,000' on southerly aspects a bit after noon, with lower elevations mushy and thick.  

Doesn't seem like much if any snow existed in this terrain before last week's big storm.

Mostly adequate coverage for now ... but with continued days of sun, coverage on this SE feature could gret grim.  

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Crown - likely natural during extreme wind event
High Elevation NW winds
Thin conditions
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