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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

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Route & General Observations

Sunburst weather station is back online!! We accessed the weather station from Taylor Pass and successfully replaced the battery and repaired a broken wire.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

We did not observe any obvious sign of instability. We did observe blowing snow along ridgetops due to light to moderate winds.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear skies
COLD! 3F to 12F (Windchill -5F to -20F)
Ridgetop winds were 5-10mph gusting to 25mph
Wind direction varied from SW to NW
No new precip

Snow surface

1000'- (only at road level) very small 2-3mm surface hoar on 3" of loose snow(near surface facets)
Above 1000' to 3000'(just below ridgetops)- 3" of loose settled snow (near surface facets)
Ridgetops - scoured/sastrugi/rime

Snowpack

Below 2000' the snowpack is faceting out due to very cold temps and shallow snow depths. A few handpits revealed 10"-15" of loose unconsolidated snow (no much of a slab) sitting on an ice crust on the ground The snow in these handpits disintegrated upon pulling.

We didn't dig in the upper elevations

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