Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October 9 Daily Flight Summary


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Official Counter         

Adam Richardson

Observers       

None


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Weather         

Late last night it began to precipitate lightly.  Mid-mountain this storm must have come in wet as my vehicle was covered in a thin shell of ice.  As the temperatures dropped it eventually switched over to a very light unconsolidated snow.  5 inches had fallen on the west side of the ridge by the morning with snow level all the way down to the highway.  It was still snowing on the mountain when I returned at 14:30.   By sunset the storm total was at 10 inches of snow along the ridge.

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Raptor Notes 

No count was conducted today.

On the way back out to Bridger Bowl in the vicinity of Olsen Creek I saw a COHA and GOEA heading south down the Bridger Canyon.

Non-raptor Notes

I heard a distant HAWO down below midmountain.  The mountain birds were hunkering down in the intense afternoon snowstorm.

next five nights dinners are on Terri and John

Visitors           

None.  Lots of folks were out skiing mid-mountain in the afternoon.  I did have the best meal I have ever had in the hut.  Elk sausage, cabbage, onion, apples and mushrooms.  To this a little dijon mustard was added.  The elk is out of this world!  Thank you kindly Terri and John!



Next Day Forecast

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 6 to 11 mph.

This could likely be another huge GOEA day considering we just had a record day yesterday.  The trail up has drifts 20 inches deep in places.  By and large travel back up wasn’t too bad considering how light and unconsolidated the snow was.