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Out in the storm-Old Ski Bowl
20200113 - 1330 hours - Sorenson - Old Ski Bowl - 8,500 feet / Near Treeline
SKY: Obscured 100%, low visibility, flat light
PRECIP: Yes, S1 (.5 in/hr) At 8,500 feet.
BLOWING SNOW: Yes, Moderate, SW
Air Temp: 17 deg F
SURF PEN: 7 inches (boot)
Height of snowpack (HS): 53 inches
Height of new snow (HS): 1-2 inches on top of a number of sun/rain crusts.
Wind: Yes, out of the southwest, a steady 10 mph wind near treeline. Gusts to 15 mph.
NOTES: Cold and light snow began falling after noon. Visibility was very difficult and the flat light made for tough observations above treeline. A number of sun and melt freeze crust exist below the new snow all above the Dec 19th ice layer, 7 inches down from surface. Column block test yielded no significant results.