History of snow surveying in the east

TitleHistory of snow surveying in the east
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1959
AuthorsAyer, G. R.
Conference Name27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1959
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationReno, Nevada
KeywordsHistory, Snow surveys

A historical resume of snow surveying starting in 1914 in the Eastern States of the United States is presented, with references to snow observations recorded as early as 1899. A description of instrument development, tools and field procedures is presented. Water supply forecasting from snow survey measurements is described as handled in the early days of the science. Procedures are presented for distributing the data on a cooperative basis by several agencies and companies using the water supply forecasts. Although the data is not as widespread in the East, it is equally as important to the municipal water supply agencies and for use in supplying water to canals in the East.