Accession Number : ADA118140

Title :   Snow Characterization Measurements at SNOW ONE-A,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s) : Berthel,Robert O

PDF Url : ADA118140

Report Date : 04 Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Measurements documenting the characteristics of naturally falling snow are being conducted to form a statistical base as input to the precipitation modeling efforts of the Cloud Physics Branch at AFGL (Air Force Geophysics Laboratory). The major part of the 1981-82 winter operations were held in conjunction with the CRREL sponsored, tri-service, SNOW-ONE-A field experiment at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont. This report summarizes the AFGL snow characterization measurements taken during SNOW-ONE-A. Three new instruments, designed and built to measure the fall velocities of individual snowflakes, the short-term variations in snowfall rates and to determine the crystalline structure of the prevailing snow, are described. Discussions are given on the overall operation of each instrument and examples of the resulting data are shown. Availabe results are listed in tabular form together with a preliminary data quality assessment. The initial analysis of the measurments taken during the storm of January 31, 1982 are also presented.

Descriptors :   *Snow, Falling bodies, Velocity, Deposition, Rates, Measuring instruments, Samplers, Photographic analysis, Performance(Engineering), Field tests

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE