No Name Area

Location Name: 
No Name Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 08:40
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 42.018" N, 105° 25' 23.736" W

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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There is a big difference in snowpack depths below treeline and above (See Photos Below).  Below treeline we are seeing a shallower snowpack of 1 to 2 feet.  At or above treeline, due to wind loading, we are seeing snowpack depths typically in the 90cm to 120cm (3' -4') range. Wind slabs were found higher up above 12,000'. Stability tests are starting to indicate that depth hoar (at the bottom of the snowpack) is starting to become a bigger problem with these cold temps this past week.

Photo 1: Snowpack depth below treeline (11,095') on a north aspect.  This is a 57cm base with 9cm of new snow from yesterday's storm.

Photo 2: Snowpit from just above treeline on a N aspect at 11,818'.  If you look at the bottom of the photo you'll see the 16cm of faceted weak snow below the slab above it.

Photo 3: 2-3mm facets 

Photo 4: The slab that failed on isolation when trying to cut an Extended Column Test (ECTPV).  You'll see roughly what the hand hardness of overall snowpack is.

Photo 5: Wind slab on a N aspect found higher up around 12,250'

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9cm of New Snow was observed below treeline at 11,095'  and 13cm of New Snow was observed above treeline.

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