Mt. Tom - SE Gully - snow softening

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Mt Tom - SE Gully
Submission Info
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
37° 20' 14.5212" N, 118° 39' 12.456" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

From buttermilk Rd (7,500') up SE Gully to summit of Mt. Tom (13,600') back down.

*Sun slayed behind clouds from sunrise until 10:10am, which slowed the melt/softening considerably.  Very firm skinning / booting conditions until about 11:30 on SE and E aspects which started to soften.   Mostly calm winds today with isolated light gusts.  Calm at ridgetop.  Skied from summit at 1:15pm which seemed like the best time for today given early cloud cover etc..  Some evidence of wet slides from previous several days between 11,000-12,000' (ESE aspect).  No new point releases noted today.

-6:45am, 8,200', North facing = 3-4cm frozen crust ontop of moist snow.

-9:20am, 10,800', SE facing = Top 14cm frozen melt freeze crust ontop of 1.5ft+ of large grain moist snow.

-2:00pm, 9,900', SE 25 deg slope = Thin high cloud cover, ski pen 2cm, boot pen 3cm.  

-2:15pm, 8,800', NE = 5cm wet grains ontop of firm melt-freeze layer.

-2:!5pm, 8,500', NNE aspect = manky and sticky

See attached video for previous wet-slide debris and snow softening / skiing conditions at ~11,000', ESE aspect, 2pm.

Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 

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