Some Big Horn Sheep and Isolated Hard Slab

Location Name: 
Wheeler Peak
La Cal Basin or Lost Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 14:47
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United States
36° 33' 5.2452" N, 105° 24' 2.7792" W

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Just went out for a long walk on Christmas Eve Day.  Not a whole lot going on in our snowpack.  West winds were strong at ridgetops and have scoured most slopes.  In some spots the recent snow and strong winds have produced hard wind slabs.  These are not large and we found them in areas that had an existing snowpack.  No shooting cracks or collapse were observed. We did dig a snowpit on a North aspect that had 2' of snow.   At least the big horn were enjoying the wind swept ridgelines!

Photo 1: In need of some more snow!

Photo 2: Hard Slab that has formed in areas above treeline from the strong winds

Photo 3: Big Horn Sheep enjoying a Christmas Eve Day Meal

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50% of the sky covered by clouds
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Below Freezing
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