Short-term changes in snowpack due to weather Sean Sutherland. University of Colorado, Boulder EBIO 4100, Winter Ecology Spring 2011 Mountain Research Station Nederland, CO 9500 ft. . Background.
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Two snow pits, one on 2/5 and 2/12, used snow pit kit.
Recorded Weather for week between dig dates.
Measured densities and temperatures every 10 cm with the height of the pack.
Examined different layers in each pack.
Air temperature: -6 degrees C
Cloudiness/Insolation: mostly cloudy
Precipitation: Heavy Snow, periods of lighter snowfall
Surface Hardness: Powder, soft, sink to knees with no floatation.
-Air Temperature: -3 degrees C
-Cloudiness/Insolation: Mostly sunny, clear skies with few clouds
-Westerly Winds (Orographic)
-Surface Hardness: Soft, Sink to knees