Plains snowpack water equivalent from climatological records

TitlePlains snowpack water equivalent from climatological records
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1961
AuthorsMcKay, G. A., and Blackwell S. R.
Conference Name29th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 29th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1961
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSpokane, Washington
KeywordsComparison, Prairie sampler, Snow sampler tube

Climatological measurements of daily snow on the ground and precipitation gage values for a long period of record from the plains area of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, Canada were converted into usable data of snowmelt water yield. The lack of sufficiently long records of plains snow survey data necessitated the development of an energy budget conversion formula to make climatological records collected in the past usable for modern analysis work. Graphs, illustrations, and tables show the relationship of the parameters studied. A comparison of the Mount Rose snow sampling tube and the Prairie snow sampling tube are shown.