A universal surface precipitation gage

TitleA universal surface precipitation gage
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1968
AuthorsCox, L. M., and Hamon W. R.
Conference Name36th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 36th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1968
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationLake Tahoe, Nevada
KeywordsPrecipitation gage, Snow water content, Snow water equivalent, Storage gage

A universal surface precipitation gage has been developed that measures total precipitation and records the precipitation remaining in storage as snow. A 5-foot-diameter platform made of light weight concrete, is supported by a liquid-filled 100-foot coil of butyl tubing. An opening in the center of the platform allows for the collection of atmospheric melt, rain percolate and melt, or a combination of these, and rainfall. A mechanical dual-pen recorder continuously records the rate of water collected in an underground tank and the water equivalent of snow on the platform. This recording system satisfies the long-standing need for surface measurement of total precipitation, snowmelt rates, and snow water equivalent required in hydrologic research and water yield and flood forecasts.