How do you measure snowfall?

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

Measuring snowfall is a tricky business. Snow blows around, makes drifts, compresses, and melts. To measure snowfall we use snowboards (not the kind you ski on!). These are flat boards located in the gated area next to the Observatory building. And, yes, we do measure snowfall with a ruler. The measuring sticks we use are in 1/10th inch increments. Snowfall measurements are taken periodically during a storm and at the conclusion of the storm.

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