June Mountain - South Side

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
June Mountain - South Side
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Forecaster
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 2:45pm
June Mountain - South Side 37° 43' 48.1224" N, 119° 4' 38.5572" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured off the south side of June Mountain to assess how much it has melted out with the extended high pressure. Turned into more a logistical challenge of connecting ever shrinking patches as you descend toward the valley floor. Intended to assess the snowpack on White Wing but after an extended time of connect the dots, had to retreat before the lifts closed on June Mountain. Air Temps varied between +2 to +6.7 on Southeast to South to West aspects, elevations 9500’ to 10200’). Snow temps at surface 0 throughout, @ 20 cm ~0 (southerly aspect, 10000'), Westerly aspects (-2). Seeing a slow rise of the 20 cm temps over this past week. Melt/freeze crust on E to S to W aspects, all elevations where snow is present, melt or freeze depends on timing. As you move east of San Joaquin Mountain (aka - Negatives & Positives, mountain directly west of June Mountain) the snowpack thins appreciably. Southerly aspects, highly dependent on terrain features and downwind fetches to capture the snow, as a result snow depth can vary greatly depending terrain and elevation with most locations turning bare beyond a short distance from the base of San Joaquin Mtn. Treeline and below receding fast below 10,200. Easterly to Westerly aspects 1 to 2 feet deep from ~ 9200 to ~9700, above, ~2 to 3 feet. A wide variety of melt/ freeze crust supportiveness, depending on solar exposure, shading, and duration. Intermittent shading is creating widely variable snow conditions. Non-shaded solar slopes (where snow is present) offer consist spring conditions early, very protected and shaded northerly aspects still offer limited soft snow but the distribution window of aspect and elevation range is narrowing, roughly ~ 9500 to ~treeline. No recent avalanches or rollerballing noted in the Negatives or surrounding terrain. Because of the widely variable snow shading and temperatures, bring your skin wax. Balled up nicely returning to the ski area boundary.   

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: 
Warming
More detailed information about the weather: 

Winds - calm to very light and variable with a few scattered cirrus. Mono Lake appeared to be glass smooth. 

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