Density variation in a snowpack of Northern New Mexico

TitleDensity variation in a snowpack of Northern New Mexico
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1967
AuthorsGary, H. L.
Conference Name35th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 35th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1967
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBoise, Idaho
KeywordsSnow density measurement, Snowpack density

A better understanding of the metamorphic process in snowpacks must depend on the accurate measurement of many variables in and near the snow cover. The primary objective of this study was to explore sample variability in density measurements. Two procedures were used, the pit wall and 8 inch x 1-3/4 inch ID plastic and also steel samplers, samples were taken vertically through the entire depth of the snowpack with the standard snow sampling tubes. a great number of the small samples were taken at 4 to 5 inch intervals in the face of a pit dug to soil surface. All cores were taken to headquarters in tarred plastic bags and there weighed. Differences were at a minimum and largely accountable to field practices and differences in procedures. Data are tabulated for examination.