Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan trees

Route & General Observations

Toured up to treeline on Tincan. Visibility was in and out and there was a breakable crust on the surface so we elected not to go higher.


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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It was raining lightly up to about 1700' with wet snow falling above that. Winds were light with cloud cover varying from obscured to overcast. Temperature was 40 F at the parking lot at 1000'.

Snow surface

Wet snow on surface with a 1" (2-3 cm) melt freeze crust. The surface was less crusty and wet snow layer was deeper at lower elevations.


We dug a quick pit at 2200' to see how deeply the wet snow layer had penetrated from the recent rain. The total snow depth was about 80cm. On the surface there was a melt freeze crust layer which was about 1" (2-3 cm) thick with another 2-3" (5 cm) of moist and wet snow right below that. The rest of the snowpack was right side up and fairly homogeneous. With the exception of a 1/2" (1 cm) thick melt freeze crust in the middle of the snowpack. We did not perform any stability tests.

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