Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge to Wx Station

Route & General Observations

Seattle Ridge to 2000′

Wx –
Visibility was poor due to dense fog, no precip
Temps were in the mid 20’sF even w/ the greenhouse effect happening
Winds: Calm

Surface conditions –
Very little snow from 1000-1300′
At 2000′ the surface crust was 4″ thick and supportable with skis. HS=65cm Boot pen 25-40cm in places.

Below the Surface –
At 2000′ the snow was very moist just below the surface and has very poor structure. Old crust layers are
decomposing due to rain saturation from last weekend. The snowpack appears to be trending towards
isothermal at this particular elevation and aspect. While we were out there the green house effect, solar
radiation being trapped by the dense fog, was warming the surface crust. Warm temps combined with
fog/cloud cover will be something to pay attention to especially if temperatures stay above freezing for
several days.

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