Snow conditions the Lakes Basin- Cold Water Creek

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Volunteer Observer
Friday, January 8, 2021 - 4:30pm
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37° 35' 1.9284" N, 118° 58' 56.8992" W
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Toured around below tree line and at tree line in the Lakes Basin between Cold Water Creek and Mammoth Creek, up to 9,800'.  Starting at noon, the air temperature was above freezing and remained so for the rest of the daylight with light to moderate SW winds with clouds increasing to 1/8 cover. Got a good view of the Hammil Bowl Area along the Mammoth Crest (see photo), but I did not see any snow transport.  As reported elsewhere, the recent few inches of snow had dried out a bit and made for pleasant turns.  Snow adjacent to exposed rocks is turning to large (2mm) loose facets.  Sun exposed W aspects feature a grabby 1-2cm suncrust.  

I stomped on a few small stubborn windslabs at tree line in the lee of rock outcrops and ridgelines, but nothing was moving.  Hand shears failed with hard force and irregular breaks.  

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