Sherwin Ridge Obs

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Sherwin Ridge
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 37.4364" N, 118° 59' 33.8064" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured above Mammoth Rock to top of Sherwin Ridge. New snow totals ranged from 5cm of heavy wet snow at the trailhead to 20cm of moist powder near the ridgeline. Wind affect is pronounced, with shallow wind slabs and exposed rain crust comprising the majority of travel along the ridge, though softer deeper snow could be found just beyond the lee zone in sheltered trees. 

Kickturn tests could only produced isolated failures and small shooting cracks up to 2m (see photo). Hand pit tests failed easily on dry snow 20cm down, and where more snow was deposited was well-bonded to the rain crust. Ski cuts on un-corniced entrances to the Hose and Main Avy Path only produced very small shallow slab releases. Skied the Hose down and had no other signs of storm slab or loose snow problems. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Moderate winds with strong gusts at times were loading slopes. S-1 snowfall came and went in brief showers, short clearings allowed for better vis but mostly sky cover was obscured. 

-- placeholder --

ESAC receives significant financial support from ...