Tele Bowls - Quick Pit

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Tele Bowls
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Monday, December 31, 2018 - 1:15pm
Tele Bowls Ridge 37° 36' 50.0508" N, 118° 57' 38.1492" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

The snowpack was thin to very thin in Tele Bowls.  We were drawn in by the observation from yesterday approaching via the Sherwin Lakes Trailhead.  The deepest we found the snowpack was 60cm around 9000 feet.  In the trees it was much thinner.  The number of tracks in the bowls was staggering given the low tide conditions.  You owe it to your body and your equipment to stay away from this terrain until there is at least another few feet of snow to cover the obstacles.

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Diligently measuring slope angle mid-pitch!
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A quick dig in the snow showed right side up conditions where we dug.  Faceted snow was present about 10cm down, but the crusts we observed yesterday were not in evidence.

Overnight we had a trace to a couple inches of new snow.  The surface forms observed were complex, but as the photo shows there were three different snow grains present.  There was tiny Graupel <1mm, Precipitation Particles in the form of Needles and some very delicate Surface Hoar forming on the needles.  The SH was easier to observe closer to water sources.  Further from open water the SH was far more difficult to observe.

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

The clouds were in and out today.  As forecast we experienced a dip in temperature from yesterday to today.  In the shade we had cold fingers and toes today and didn't want to stop for long.

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