The Stevens seasonal snow-rain recorder

TitleThe Stevens seasonal snow-rain recorder
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1937
AuthorsRinker, L. E.
Conference Name5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJanuary 1938
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part II:
Conference LocationDavis, California
KeywordsPrecipitation gage, Snow gage

The Stevens seasonal snow-rain recorder is a hermetically instrument consisting of a gravity-beam balance, sensitive to 0.05 in. of precipitation and with a maximum capacity of 100 in. of equivalent water precipitation. The recorder which requires one setting per year is described and illustrated in photographs. Installation in a timber clearing is recommended or it may be used with a windshield. The recorder positioning-motor is powered by dry or storage batteries, which may be charged with a wind driven generator. Long-term records of cumulative precipitation in the form of snow, rain, or sleet are obtainable. The intensity for any period is determined from the cumulative precipitation graph, as exhibited.A discussion by Dr. J.E. Church questions the possible freezing of storage batteries, and solutions to the cold weather problem.