Snow evaporation and condensation

TitleSnow evaporation and condensation
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1959
AuthorsWest, A. J.
Conference Name27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 27th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1959
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationReno, Nevada
KeywordsCondensation, Evaporation from snow

Observations of evaporation from the snow surface and condensation on the snowpack were made during storm free periods over a two year season, 1958 and 1959. White polyethylene vessels were used. The bottoms of the vessels were perforated and a false bottom was attached. The entire vessels with snow were weighed to determine the loss or gain (evaporation or condensation). Temperature, humidity, and wind movement data were collected simultaneously. Observation sites were chosen in forest openings of about one-half tree height across. Forest canopy cover was measured at 70%. The resulting data comparisons are shown by tabulations, graphs and test analysis.