Solar Aspects in Aspendell Area

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Aspendell Meadow 37° 14' 14.5824" N, 118° 36' 29.8476" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Short tour in the morning so witnessed yesterday's (Sunday) effect of warming/solar radiation. Many small rollers on SE aspects initiating from bushes and rocks (see photo). One small instance of a very small wet slab moving (see photo). ~5cm thick. At 10am SE slopes were just beginning to moisten. Ski pen 5 -10 cm on those aspects with a sun crust over dry snow. Air temp at 9800' (high point) noticeably warmer that at 8400' (no direct measurement). Air temp in Aspendell warmer (50deg F) than downtown Bishop (47 deg F) at 10:30. Inverted!

Shady, protected slopes held soft faceted snow. Small wind slabs near the ridges were unreactive.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
More detailed information about the weather: 

LIght SW winds diminished through the morning. As did the high clouds.

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