Carson Bowl

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Carson Bowl
Submission Info
Forecaster
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 1:30pm
37° 44' 41.8668" N, 119° 7' 12.7452" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

-Toured from top of June, off backside, up hour glass, across and down Carson Bowl to Rd.

-Only sign of instability seen today were shallow thin surface windslabs that still were sensitive in isolated locations above 9500'.  3-5cm thick, Knife hardness above thin Fist+ layer.  Fairly unconcerning as the ones encountered were so thin, but they did serve to alert to keep eyes/feelers out for pockets where these could be thicker and still sensitive, or in steep locations where a fall would be no good.  These were formed several days ago.  Not much evidence of winds since.

-Test pit dug at 9,700' NNE facing slope in lower part of Carson Bowl (see attached profile).  ECTP upon isolation just below a thin 4cm knife hard windcrust.  Also, this pit showed a strong temperature gradient in top 60cm of snowpack (1deg C per 10cm), which will likely drive some faceting formation in the upper part of snowpack.      

-@10,600', 12:30pm, SSE facing 15 deg slope:  Surface 3cm were moist and soft (melted melt-freeze crust at surface), below which was cold dry snow.  

-Sheltered snow wintery and cold down to 7,500', below which began to get sticky and moist.

-Widespread wind effects in open terrain tree line and above.  Lots of wind crust, but also some suprisingly nice soft surface snow in isolated high elevation areas as well!

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
More detailed information about the weather: 

-Blue skies, not a cloud.  Calm winds except for light southerly gusts over ridgetops.  Warm (40deg F at 10,800' at 1pm). 

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