Use of snow survey reports in predicting snow runoff

TitleUse of snow survey reports in predicting snow runoff
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1960
AuthorsBall, H.
Conference Name28th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 28th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1960
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSanta Fe, New Mexico
KeywordsReservoit regulation, Water supply forecasting

A discussion of meteorological occurrences of flood and drought over the Rio Grande river basin is presented. It is pointed out that for the lack of sufficient data to prove any long time or even short cyclic occurrences of weather pattern, the prediction lacks a solid mathematical basis. Historical data from archaeological findings are quoted. The beneficial use of short term (15 year) averages of snow survey, temperature, wind movement, and soil moisture data produce a good forecast of streamflow during the melt season. The economical value of advance information for regulating irrigation reservoirs is pointed out as a distinct value to both power and irrigation interests.