SF Bishop Creek - Snow and weather conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Coyote Ridge
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Forecaster
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:15pm
37° 12' 36.4428" N, 118° 33' 14.8356" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

It was a crisp and spectacular sunny Sierra day up the South fork of Bishop Creek. I gradually contoured to the southeast up to 11000ft on the Coyote Ridge. NE winds were strafing the highest part of the crest and snow was visibly flagging from some of the highest summits.  Overall snow conditions in the lower canyon are pretty thin with due South aspects being mostly bare. Travelling up western aspects there was 30cm average depth of snow. This shallow snow was still cold near the base with minor crusts encapsulating the surface.  Sastrugi and sand dune like features abounded. The landscape is stripped and ragged. Didn't observe any fresh avalanches anywhere today during my travels. Overall very thin conditions as well did not warrant a snowpit,  Much of the thin snowpack is loose and faceted with surface crusts, but namely spatial variability is the name of the game. Snowpack during these cold temps is relatively dormant and locked up.

N-E aspects up high in this area were primarily zones of sastrugi and firm deposits. Descending at 130pm on West to WSW aspects...surfaces didn’t quite warm up today with cooling winds and relative cold temperatures in the  low 20’s despite good solar input.

It was 23degF @ 100pm @ 11000ft. NE winds @ 15-25mph, higher on the big peaks on the crest

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