Measuring snow interception and loss from an artificial conifer

TitleMeasuring snow interception and loss from an artificial conifer
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1988
AuthorsSchmidt, R. A., Jairell R. L., and Pomeroy J. W.
Conference Name56th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 56th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1988
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationKalispell, Montana
KeywordsSnow, Snow evaporation, Snow interception

A 1-m high artificial christmas tree and the snow held on its branches is weighed by an electronic balance that transfers values to a computer in a nearby mobile laboratory. An insulated box provides a stable environment for the balance, and plastic bushings in a metal tripod gave low-friction support to the vertical shaft supporting the tree. Measurements are sufficiently accurate that evaporation of intercepted snow could be correlated with environmental factors during periods as short as 10-15 min, for mid-winter conditions in a lodgepole pine stand.