Snow Observations

Valdez Snow Observations

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  1. April 18, 2014 South side of Odyssey 1200-1430
    1400 temp at 2800′ +2.0C(34F)
    Above 3200′ the surface snow was frozen/dry. Moist in lower elevations.
    3700′ at the base of a small NE facing slope: 84cm height of snow.
    2cm new snow on a 3cm melt freeze crust. Moist snow below that for 20cm down to a knife hard crust. The lower pack had dry rounding facets interspersed between old crusts. All interfaces were welded together. The surprise was finding 3-4mm cupped depth hoar at the rocky bottom.

  2. April 15, 2014 46 Mile
    +5C, broken sky, calm
    Snow below 1500′ is isothermal – mushy. Green house affect.
    1st night of not freezing.
    Some new wet loose in steep terrain, all aspects.

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