Snow sensors in California, a progress report

TitleSnow sensors in California, a progress report
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1968
AuthorsPeterson, N. 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
KeywordsPressure pillows, Snow gages

A report on the development of snow sensor installations and a description of the existing network in California is presented. General descriptions of site locations and responsible operating agencies are outlined. The history of the Department's Alpha Instrument Evaluation site in the American River Basin is reviewed. Descriptions of precipitation, wind, and temperature instrumentation for support of snow sensor evaluation studies at this site are presented. The experimental sensor installations reviewed in this report include: six 12-foot diameter pressure pillows; one 5-foot pillow; two groups of 3-foot pillows; a pressure tank; a newly developed 6-foot diameter diaphragm type gage; two pressure transducers; and associated data recording instruments. The evaluation of various types of snow sensors and recording and transmitting equipment is encouraged to insure a rapid advance to more compact and reliable operational snow sensors.