obs from Storm Pk 11-22-16

Location Name: 
North and south aspects of Storm pk
Region: 
Secesh Summit Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 11/22/2016 - 14:10
Location Map: 
United States
45° 7' 50.9772" N, 115° 55' 2.766" W
US


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Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
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I went for a hike up to the summit of Storm pk on 11-22-16.  Not much snow until you got up to the lakes at 7,500'.  And most of that was the low density snow from a few days prior.  Once hiking up the south aspect of summit itself, I dug into the snow at 8400' and found about 1.5 of snow.  8-12 inches of which was the dense frozen snow that had been rained on, and 6 inches of the low density new snow.  Once I gained the ridge, I dropped off the north aspect onto the wind loaded protected side.  See photo, and note pole was set at 100 cm or 1 meter so roughly 90 cm's of snow.  Very dense base layer upwards of 1.5-2 feet deep, then another 6-8 inches of 4 finger capped with a thin melt/freeze and finally the recent low density snow on top.  Seeing the base layer of dense hard snow capping the ground on most of the north aspects above 7700', gave me a sense that it will not facet and become a PWL for the season to worry about.  The slick nature of the raincrust however, might provide a sliding surface for a slab in the future, but that seems unlikely in most locations.  No skis as snow coverage was inadequate for over the snow travel.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
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