Research committee on snow, Western Snow Conference 1945

TitleResearch committee on snow, Western Snow Conference 1945
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1945
AuthorsChurch, J. E.
Conference Name13th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 13th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedFebruary 1945
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part I:
Conference LocationSacramento, California
KeywordsSnow research, Snow surveying equipment, Water supply forecasting accuracy, Water supply forecasting procedures

Reports of several member authors are presented. The teeth on snow sampler cutters have been reduced in number and lengthened to avoid packing and freezing of ice in the cutter. Sampler tubes, particularly those of aluminum tend to stick in frozen snow. This difficulty has been largely overcome by shellacking, swabbing with kerosene, and the application of ski wax. Iron pipes of 3 inch diameter set in concrete are excellent snow course markers. Storage gages and recording gages with CaCl2 and protected with wind shields and a film of light oil, have been satisfactory during the 1944 - 1945 snow season. Snow melt day lasts only 6 to 8 hours during April and May at Donner Summit, California. Examples of snow surveys , streamflow forecasts and actual runoff are given as a check on forecast accuracy.