Snow Profile Near Deadman Pass

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 11:00am
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37° 41' 4.92" N, 119° 3' 52.92" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured north along San Joaquin Ridge from Minaret Vista to Deadman Pass to dig a snowpit and get an idea of what kind of snowpack we're sitting on so far. Came back the same way. Sheltered areas that receive less sun this time of year had developed 2-3cm surface hoar on the surface. Open areas exposed to the sun, especially on southerly aspects, have begun to develop a new melt-freeze crust. There are a few crust/facet combos under the surface, but none of them were currently reactive (see attached profile). The temperature gradient was pretty mild also, considering the shallow snowpack. Skiing in most places was still soft and pleasant, except where NE winds had stripped things down to the wind board left after the last storm exited on 11/27.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Accumulation rate: 
None
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Occasional light breezes out of the NE.

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