Explaining Wet, Isothermal Snow

I dug a pit at 9,300' on a SW facing slope close to the Sawtelle Road. The snow was wet and has lost a lot of strength. I was breaking through a 2" frozen crust at the surface into wet, mushy snow. Once the crust breaks down I expect wet avalanches to continue. The snowpack is 6' deep, very thin for this time of year. Water was able to penetrate this depth quickly. Be careful traveling later in the day when the crust begins to melt and you sink far. This is a sign of instability.

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Activity
Snowmobiling
Date
Email
mtavalanche@gmail.com
Location (from list)
Title of your observation
Explaining Wet, Isothermal Snow
Latitude
44.56
Longitude
-111.44
Observer Name
Doug Chabot
Region
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