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Rapid temperature rise
Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 - 4:46 PM
Phil Bowker
Broken Top Area / 8089'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Sky Clear (<1/8)
Precip Type/Intensity:
No Precipitation
Height of Snow (HS):
210 cm

Written Report:
Toured around Ball Butte today. The 10cm of loose dry snow we woke up to Thur morning seems to have been cooked down to a more cohesive couple of inches of storm snow which I found to be well bonded to the old snow and rain crust surfaces around Ball Butte. As I skied mostly east aspects I saw no signs instability in the snowpack, no cracking, didn't hear any whumphing, no signs of recent avalanche.

On the Summit of Ball Butte at 12:16pm today winds where calm, skies clear, air temperature was 1C (34f). There was no blowing snow, and I didn't see any new cornice build up or wind slabs. With spring like conditions the snow did warm up on the southern aspects to produce a couple of pin wheels from my turns. More north facing aspects stayed dry.

Great skiing today,



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