Northern Sierra snow of '83 and '95 'a comparison'

TitleNorthern Sierra snow of '83 and '95 'a comparison'
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1996
AuthorsMarron, J. K.
Conference Name64th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 64th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1996
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBend, Oregon
KeywordsSnow survey

The 1995 snowpack in the Sierra changed dramatically during the year and ended with one of the highest years on record. Much to the chagrin of those hearty surveyors who sampled snow during the winter of '83 the newer samplers began claiming that the winter of '95 was much worse and the sampling of course was the hardest and deepest ever. This paper will compare the winter of '95 and the winter of '83 in two ways. The first will be to use the reported averages of each of the snow courses and secondly the amount of snow removed from the snowpack on the survey. These two analyses will provide information on me resulting snowpack and the difficulty in obtaining the measurements