Economics of early season snow surveys

TitleEconomics of early season snow surveys
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1959
AuthorsHannaford, J. F.
Conference Name27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1959
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationReno, Nevada
KeywordsSnow survey normals, Water supply forecasting

Snow surveys made prior to the optimum date of April first are shown to be economical in value to water users, depending upon the use made of the early season forecast. although snow surveys are expensive to make in some cases, the accuracy of the forecasts prepared from these data as compared to alternative forecasts based on other data is outstanding and well worth the expenditure. Purely graphical methods are used and illustrated by using the flows of the Kings River inflow to Pine Flat Reservoir, California.