Snowmelt observations in Alberta

TitleSnowmelt observations in Alberta
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1980
AuthorsBarnaby, I. E.
Conference Name48th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 48th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1980
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationLaramie, Wyoming
KeywordsPressure pillow, Snow measurements, Snow pressure pillow, Snowmelt

Since 1970 there have been several snowpillows in operation in Alberta. Some are located in the plains area (shallow snowpacks) and others in the east slopes of the Rockies (deeper snowpacks). These pillows have provided suitable data during the active snowmelt seasons. This paper analyses that data. It was found that the measured snowmelt quantities from the snowpillow data compared favourably with that computed from the theoretical snowmelt equation developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1960).