Short range snowmelt forecasts

TitleShort range snowmelt forecasts
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1961
AuthorsSchermerhorn, V. P.
Conference Name29th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 29th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1961
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSpokane, Washington
KeywordsDay to day procedures, Runoff, Snowmelt, Water supply forecasting

A procedure is described for preparing successive daily forecasts of streamflow from snow melt over the West Kootenay River Basin in British Columbia. The system is based on temperature index which varies proportionally with streamflow. An adjacent small basin is used as a contributing index area. A series of graphs are included to illustrate the procedure.A discussion by Mr. David M. Rockwood suggests that the inclusion of a percentage index of the area covered by snow from serial observations would add materially towards increasing the accuracy of forecasts along with the falling limb of the hydrograph. Two graphs are included for developing this factor.