Development of the fulcrum weighing device for precipitation gages

TitleDevelopment of the fulcrum weighing device for precipitation gages
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1971
AuthorsMoreland, R. E.
Conference Name39th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 39th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1971
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBillings, Montana
KeywordsInstrumentation, Precipitation gage, Snow cover accumulation

This is a report on the development and use of a fulcrum weighing device for precipitation gages. This device was designed by the Soil Conservation Service for use on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Atmospheric Water Resources Program in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.A new weighing device was developed for the precipitation gages installed adjacent to seven snow courses in the target area. This device was developed to obtain weight readings with greater ease and quicker than the manual weighing procedure and maintain the accuracy of direct weight measurements. A load cell or transducer can be added for telemetry. Measurements and results obtained from using the fulcrum device are discussed.