For example, the storm on Friday and Friday night caused some noticeable changes to the brightness, texture, and wetness of the playa. Compare the two photos below, which were taken last Sunday and yesterday. They were taken in slightly different locations, but generally reflect the characteristics of the playa in the area in which we were operating.
Sunday 7 October
Sunday 14 October
Playas are known to have a strong influence on local circulations, not just in Utah, but other dryland regions of the world. It will be interesting to see how the changes above affected the surface energy balance (e.g., the absorption of solar radiation, fluxes of heat and moisture to the atmosphere, etc.) and if those changes have an influence on airflows in and around the Great Salt Lake Desert.
It wasn't all hard work. We did find time early yesterday afternoon to bag Volcano Peak just north of Wendover in the Silver Island Mountains.