Professional Observation - Huckleberry Ridge (before the Lookout)

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Professional Observation - Huckleberry Ridge (before the Lookout)
Glacier National Park - Apgar Range
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/29/2015 - 11:15
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Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

During our first ECT near the end, (ECTP 28) we got the column to propagate and release with some surprising energy.  This happened at around 70 cm at an area of higher density snow with fairly small and infrequent facets as the weak layer.  We were unable to get the column to propagate again but it did fracture at the same interface but not release.  Compression Tests, showed mainly some fracturing in the newer unconsolidated snow near the top of the snow pack.  The rain crust was present lower in the pack and fairly dense but did not show significant instability in our tests.

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Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm (No air motion)
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Precip Rate: 
S -1; very light snowfall, trace to 0.5cm/hour