Upper air data as a parameter in estimating snowmelt runoff

TitleUpper air data as a parameter in estimating snowmelt runoff
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1975
AuthorsHannaford, J. F., and Howard C. H.
Conference Name43rd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 43rd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1975
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationCoronado, California
KeywordsModels - hydrologic

Hydrologic models have been designed to simulate mean daily runoff on the Kings River and San Jaoquin River. These models utilize certain parameters indicating the condition of the watershed such as snow, precipitation, and daily temperatures throughout the snowmelt period. It might be desirable to determine what runoff condition would prevail if temperatures were higher or lower than average. An estimated surface temperature at the 7,000 foot elevation has been utilized. This method produces an index which is useful in estimating the effects of air temperatures, radiation and perhaps factors in priming and melting snowpacks.