Re: [HARC] Any interest in a snowfall report net?
- Hi Joe,Sounds interesting. I would be all for it. I used to have a setup so getting back in place will be easy.KD8DEG Tom----- Original Message -----From: Joe VeldhuisSent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:59 AMSubject: [HARC] Any interest in a snowfall report net?
Winter is coming. Denial accomplishes nothing.
I went to Muskegon county's winter weather observer training last week, first one I've made in a few years. Before the speaker from the NWS was introduced, it was mentioned that the Muskegon Skywarn group holds nets to gather snowfall reports. What I'm wondering is, how many of you would be interested in getting that started here in Ottawa?
My idea is to hold a net on both 2M repeaters at 7 PM or so on any day with significant snowfall. I would collect reports and pass them on to the NWS. For those interested, would that be a good time, or should it be earlier, or later? The net itself would probably only take a few minutes.
For those who haven't had the snowfall measurement training yet (or had it so long ago you've forgotten it), here's an oversimplified summary:
* Measurement site should be somewhere protected from drifting, i.e. not a wide-open space.
* You will need a yardstick and a "snowboard", basically a piece of wood which you can easily pick up to brush snow off.
* Measurements should be taken at least once every 24 hours, and ideally once every 6 hours during a snowfall event.
* Two measurements are needed: new snowfall and total accumulation.
** For new snowfall, measure the snow on your snowboard, then pick it up and clear it off.
** For total accumulation, measure the depth of the snow on the ground. Do this on a hard surface like sand, gravel or concrete - not grass.
* Measurements should be to the nearest tenth of an inch. Note that yardsticks are marked in 1/16" increments.
* The NWS is also interested in snow-water equivalent measurements, but I am assuming that no one here has the measuring cylinder needed to do this. Those who do are probably already reporting their measurements via CoCoRaHS or some other system.
Ottawa County Skywarn coordinator
- That would work. A small one (about 2'x2') to clear off after each measurement, and a larger one (5'x5' perhaps) for the total accumulation.
On Fri, 11 Nov 2011 04:05:30 -0000
"larynl2" <larynl@...> wrote:
> I'd be interested. The only suitable location to do measurements would be on grass. Maybe a piece of plywood on the grass would work....?
> Laryn K8TVZ