Mid-Storm Tour

Location Name: 
Near Buckeye Creek
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/27/2021 - 14:04
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Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
Snowpack photos: 
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We went for a romp through the new snow to see the affects of the storm. Heavy snowfall occurred throughout our entire tour, 1-2" per hour. We observed slightly more dense snow forming on the surface from warming daytime temperatures. At 7300' we measured 65cm of new snow. For the majority of our tour we were in places that were snow free before the storm and penetrated down to numerous rocks. We observed some istability in the new storm snow and lots of cracking though much of that cracking was due to collapsing sage brush below the snow. Winds were generally moderate on the NE aspect we were on but increased when we switched to a more S aspect.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour