Does Your Snow Sampler Overmeasure?

TitleDoes Your Snow Sampler Overmeasure?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1984
AuthorsFarnes, Phillip E., and Richards R. P.
Conference Name52nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 52nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1984
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSun Valley, Idaho

If you are using the Standard Federal or Mt. Rose snow tubes and weighing scales to measure snow water equivalent, you are not alone. A large volume of snow data is still obtained by this method, and will continue well into the foreseeable future. As more people begin to rely on automatic sensors for their snow data, it is important to realize that such sensors do not measure the same as the manual core sampler. This discrepancy was the subject of several years of research that went into the Western Snow Conference's Report on Metrication of Manual Snow Sampling Equipment.