Handpit data on the go

Location Name: 
Training Grounds (across from lookout pass)
Region: 
Silver Valley Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/10/2019 - 19:30
Location Map: 
United States
47° 27' 24.6924" N, 115° 41' 37.4676" W
US


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Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
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We did a small hand pit on our way uphill Thursday night, as we did not have time to dig a full pit. I didn't break out the magnifying glass or crystal card so this may not be incredibly accurate.

I dug down about 10cm to observe the crust layer we had at 5500 feet on the S/SW facing aspect. On top of the new snow we had a thicker melt/freeze (or potentially rain) layer that was about 2cm thick. On top of that there was a clear ice layer, probably 3mm thick. There was definitely some faceting or surface hoar on top of that, about 3mm as well. We then had what appeared to be windloaded snow on top of the crust layer (not a lot of it. We assumed it was windloaded because we didn't find it consistently across that elevation/aspect) which was probably about 3cm thick. When we held our mini cake at an angle, the "wind loaded" snow slid off of the surface hoar ice layer very quickly, with no outside help.

I'm not a professional, but I would say that whatever falls on top of this icy crust layer will probably be very reactive.

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Sorry for the awful photo, it was dark and my dog was trying to eat our snow so I had to take it very quickly.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
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