stella area snowpit

Location Name: 
gearbox-SE side
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:40
Location Map: 
United States
48° 22' 56.4096" N, 116° 36' 28.8252" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

the snowpack was moist the whole way through. there was a rain crust at about 104cm up from the ground that had moderate results with a compression test, this layer broke on facets at the bottom side of the crust. We had hard results with a CT on the dec 15 surface hoar layer as well. Nothing propogated with a ECT and we had to cut most of the column with a PST to get results. it seemed like the dec 15 surface hoar is not as reactive as it was a week ago. At higher elevations it seems like there is a more recent layer of surface hoar but at this elevation it seemed like the rain from earlier this week may have destroyed it.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

quite a bit of new snow and evidence of rain from earlier this week.