MARCH 27, 2019 SASP and Red Mt Observations
Greetings from Silverton,
We spent the last couple days at Swamp Angel Study Plot (SASP), elevation 11,060’, and I thought I’d share our observations. We dug a 2.62 m (8.6’) snow profile that was an average temperature of -2.7 degrees Celsius and contained 835 mm (32.9”) of water. Nearby Red Mountain SNOTEL reports a nearly identical 32.6” of water. The dust layer from the March 6 event that we suspected was there, indeed was there, and about 2.5’ below the surface. Fortunately, instead of being of moderate severity (like I had estimated when it was happening) it appears to be more of a lighter severity. Good news. Like we discussed in the March CODOS tour update, we are in good condition in terms of number of dust events and severity so far this winter. Please see our report about our March 16-20 observations of the rest of Colorado here: http://www.codos.org/codosupdates/mar232019.
The forecast is a bit boring as far as storms go. The warm up continues on Thursday then a storm moves in Friday cooling things down and bringing ~3”-6” of snow mostly to the Park Range and Northerly Mountains.