Warming and moist snow on Red Cone

Red Cone
Submission Info
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 2:15pm
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
Red Cone 37° 35' 42.3348" N, 119° 1' 30.7632" W
Snowpit Observations
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Today we toured up to Red Cone and over to the ridge between Red Cone Bowl and Hollywood Bowl.  We left the TH at 8:45AM on a snow surface that was still frozen.  At 10:00 at 8,930' on a NE aspect the Tsurf was 0C, ski pen was 10cm and boot pen was 20cm.  By 1310 at 9,820' on a NW aspect, boot pen was 40cm, ski pen was 15cm and Tsurf was 1C.  The HS at 10,030' on a N aspect was 190cm.  Other observations from the day included roller ball activity off of exposed rocks on a W aspect at ~10,000' in Red Cone Bowl.  When we were on top of our run into Red Cone I attemped to stomp on some wind loaded features that resulted in minor cracks just beneath my boot/ski and was only able to get anything to break off after 15-20 hard stomps.             

Snowpack photos: 
Red Cone Wind effect
Weather Observations
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Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
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Today began warm and remained warm throughout our entire tour.  Air temp was already 2C at the TH at 8:45 and I observed a high temp of 9c at 9,820' up in the basin four hours later.  Skies started off completely clear for the first few hours and then by 12:30 I began to see a few high clouds.  Winds were light and out of the SSW today with a few moderate gusts in the PM.  No blowing snow was observed where we traveled today.       

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