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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:24 pm
How does everyone share their snow amounts?
Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:42 pm
Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:17 pm
So how does everybody actually measure their snow amounts apart from systems designed to actually differentiate and measure snow?
Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:40 pm
Must be a slow week!
I don’t. I did have a square that I had used to actually measure snow depth and tried to make some correlations but I had better use for my time. At 7,000 feet in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, our snow can be so dry that the snow water equivalent could be 1:10 (1mm H2O = 10mm snow) or dryer; sometimes the snow is so “wet” that 1:2 happens. Here in the arid southwest USA, us non-skiers are more interested in water equivalent than snow depth.
I use a heated (tipping-bucket) rain collector to measure the actual water content of the falling snow. That and using the outside air temperature (plus looking out the window) can give me some idea of snow depth.