Black Mountain, East Face Trees

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Black Mountain, East Face Trees
Submission Info
Forecaster
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
Black Mountain, East Face Trees 38° 2' 34.44" N, 119° 16' 11.28" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Observer: d lewis
Loc: Black Mountain, East Trees 
Lat/Lon:38.0429, -119.2698
Elevation: 10450 f
Aspect: E Angle: 30°
Sky Cover: FEW
Precipitation: No Precipitation
Current Temp: 0 to 5°C Trend:

Comments: Melt freeze crust forming on W-S-E aspects at the surface of varying thickness, decreasing thicknesses with increasing elevation (1 - 10 cm). Surface snow a mixture of wind slabs of varying thickness, mixed with melt freeze crusts of varying supportiveness, and the occasional pocket of soft facets. Somewhat surprised to find a developing Melt/Freeze crust on ENE aspects up to ~10200'. The unseasonably warm temperatures are taking a toll on the snowpack.  Several small debris fields from small R1 to R2s scattered throughout the tree in Red Lake Bowl. Hand shears revealed Wind Slabs 10-20 cm thick, easy moderate planer shears. No cracking or collapsing noted. 3 Stability Tests: CT23 Q3 67cm CT21 Q3 67cm CT24 Q3 67cm. Some melt water observed on the surface of Virginia Lake with a small patch of open water at the lake outlet. The limited parking was quite full with 6 vehicles on arrival. 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Thin Cirrus extending out over the desert country. Previous wind scouring of northerly aspects and crossloading. 

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