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How to measure snow???

Measuring snow is a rough art and can be very subjective. You want a cold, flat surface. Pavement is OK if it's cold, but should not be used under milder conditions due to melting, grass is too uneven. Picnic tables and autos are fine. If drifting is a problem, take several measurements and average them. A "snow board" is best. Frequency can make a big difference. Do Not measure every hour and add them up...this would give an unrealistically high amount, every 6 or 12 hours would be fine (unless it's melting). Do no more than 4 measurements a day for Climate Purposes (although for Real-Time reporting you can call with snowfall rates per hour).

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This page last updated: March 06, 2000