Temperature-divergence between valleys and mountains

TitleTemperature-divergence between valleys and mountains
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1934
AuthorsSager, G. V.
Conference Name2nd Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 2nd Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJune 1934
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions 15:
Conference LocationBerkeley, California
KeywordsSnowmelt runoff, Temperature factors

A study is made to ascertain to what extent the temperature at Reno, Nevada, Elev. 4521, could be taken as indicative of the departure at the nearby mountain stations, thus giving a clue to the probable melting of snow in the mountains, runoff, and snow wastage by evaporation. Mountain stations at Tahoe City -6230; Norden (Donner Summit) -7017; Marlette Lake -8000; all having 24 years of records 1910-1933 were used for the study. Normals were computed and means of departures month by month were tabulated and graphed. A summary in the text indicates that other factors, difficult to measure are involved in a formulas to forecast the snowmelt runoff.