Warming and Surface Conditions in Visalia Bowl

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mammoth Mountain Side Country
Submission Info
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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 1:00pm
Visalia Bowl 37° 37' 18.7608" N, 119° 1' 32.0664" W
Snowpit Observations
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We took a series of weather obs and mone snowpack observation today in Visalia Bowl.  On the surface there was a 4 cm MFcr and then moist grains underneath.  See profile graph from field book.

The crust was supportable in many places, except where trees were nearby and boot pen more than doubled.  In the homogenious open areas the boot pen was 15cm and did not break through the base of the MFcr below the Moist Grains.  This was at 9900 feet on a SE aspect and 24 degree incline.

Steeper slopes certainly had more melting going on and skied better.  We did trigger a couple very small loose wet sloughs today on a very steep rollover.  See video.  Not a huge surprise, but of note if you were going to go to a consistently steep and confined terrain feature.

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Surface Conditions in Visalia Bowl
Some wind deposition from Northerly Winds near the summit of Mammoth Mountain
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Definitely a cooler day than yesterday out there, but still warming that was enough to softent the surface.  Northerly winds with some transport, but not significant to make a slab.  See photo.

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