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Tumalo Full Profile

Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Feb 28, 2020 - 2:30 PM
Phil Bowker
Three Sisters Area / 7441'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Broken (5/8 - 7/8)
Height of Snow (HS):
448 cm
Wind Direction/Speed:
W / Light: 1-16 mph

Written Report:
Quite a mixed bag of snow surfaces on Tumalo Mtn today. Skinning up the west side at 9:30am I needed ski crampons for the last few hundred feet as the snow surface was a really firm melt freeze crust in places.

On the summit at 10:52am skies where broken with high cirrus clouds, no precipitation, no blowing snow, light west winds, air temp was 3c (37.4f)

Good spring skiing conditions skiing in the bowl with up to 10cm of ski penetration in loose wet snow producing pin wheels and rollerballs at each turn.
I did not see any signs of instability in terms of cornice fall, shooting cracks, or whumphfing.



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