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 Post subject: Conditions intel?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:16 pm 
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Guys and girls...please chime in on the snow conditions on the lakes. Monona and Mendota for those who have ridden recently.

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 Post subject: Re: Conditions intel?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:49 pm 
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Location: Madison, Wi
Monona:

Walked out at Schluter Beach on Winnequah. (faces same way as Tenney/Burrows on Mendota).
It's a couple blocks from my house. There's a small parking lot with about 10 spaces, then it's about 100 feet to the shore.
W- N winds are onshore. I usually pump up in the lot or the park, warm up in my car, get dressed, then walk the gear out on the lake, run lines and go.

The WNW wind has formed lots of snow waves/ white caps.

The 1" snowfall from Friday 1/24 overnight has formed firm drifts of about 8inches height.
These are firmed up from the wind. They sit on a windblown crust. The crust is about 1" thick, breaks underfoot. Below it is sugar snow.

overall impression:
alternating hard snow with crusty drifts.
would be edge lock conditions currently.

Hopefully we get the 3 inches by sunrise, with another inch or so on top. But it will still be blown into piles resulting in soft piles on crust.

Late afternoon looks to be WNW 10-17, with temps in the upper teens. Then the bottom drops out, and the wind cranks.


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