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The relationship of the annual snowpack to the water yield from the inner basin of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona
Submitted by Armida on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:07
|The relationship of the annual snowpack to the water yield from the inner basin of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona
|Year of Conference
|Jones, R. A.
|61st Annual Western Snow Conference
|Proceedings of the 61st Annual Western Snow Conference
|Western Snow Conference
|Quebec City, Quebec
|Forecast, SNOTEL, Statistical analysis
During the period 1970-1991 the glaciofluvial deposits in the inner basin of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona, have produced as much as 28% and as little as 2% of the annual water supply of the city of Flagstaff. This water is produced from wells and developed springs. Regression analysis indicates that water production shows a good correlation with maximum snow water equivalent, especially the production of the springs (r = 0.92). However, scheduled snow surveys may miss the maximum snow water equivalent measurement. The installation of a SNOTEL telemetry site would produce a daily record, thus insuring this maximum measurement. The SNOTEL data should contribute to the development of better water production forecasts.