Precipitation-surveys for anticipating water supplies

TitlePrecipitation-surveys for anticipating water supplies
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1936
AuthorsBurton, H. K., and Alter J. C.
Conference Name4th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 4th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJanuary 1936
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part II:
Conference LocationPasadena, California
KeywordsWater management

A narrative of the meteorological and hydrological occurrences over the Wasatch Mountains, 25 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Snow melt water from this area furnishes the water supply for Salt Lake City and the surrounding irrigated agricultural areas. The bulk of the water supply occurs during a few weeks during May and June and usually in the form of rushing floods. This period is also when maximum storms, warm weather, and melting of the winter snowpack occurs. Ground water supply does not play an important part. For sufficient year round supplies, reservoir storage is essential. Rain gage measurements and snow survey measurements are used to compute the probable runoff for reservoir management. No data or procedures are presented.