The Franklin Basin problem

TitleThe Franklin Basin problem
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1998
AuthorsJulander, Randall P., Wilson G. R., and Nault R.
Conference Name66th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 66th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1998
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSnowbird, Utah
KeywordsIce layer, Rain on snow, SNOTEL

The Franklin Basin SNOTEL site displayed very curious and conflicting data during the winter of 96-97. Pillow data were far too high and various means and tests were undertaken to determine the cause and extent. The more data gathered, the more confusing reality seemed to become. The eventualconclusion was that a combination of snow creep and additional water from rain on snow events which formed an ice layer on the pillow resulted in the pillow overweigh.