The use of snow fences for shielding precipitation gages

TitleThe use of snow fences for shielding precipitation gages
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1971
AuthorsRechard, P. A., and Larson L. W.
Conference Name39th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 39th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1971
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBillings, Montana
KeywordsPrecipitation gage, Snow drifting, Snow shield, Statistical analysis

The development and operation of a research project developed by the Wyoming Water Resources Research Institute under contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is described. Preliminary information on precipitation data, statistical analysis, snow drift profiles, and wind characteristics are presented. The data shows that there is a distinct possibility of shielding precipitation gages from the adverse effects of wind by using artificial barriers (snow fences).