# Measuring Snow Depth

Before the First Snow
Place your snowboard outside. A snowboard can be any lightly colored board. A piece of plywood painted white works very well. Choose a location that is away from trees, buildings, and shadows. Try to avoid areas that are known to be prone to drifting. Mark the location of the snowboard with a stake so you can find it after a fresh snowfall.

Measuring Snowfall
Snowfall is measured to the nearest tenth of an inch. Measure the greatest amount of snowfall that has accumulated on your snowboard since the last observation. You can measure on a wooden deck or ground if a snowboard is not available. Snowfall should not be measured more than 4 times in 24 hours. You can measure the hourly snowfall rate, but do not clean off your board each hour. Only clean off the board when you take one of the four daily measurements. Once the snow ends, add up the measurements from each time the snowboard was cleaned to reach a storm total.
Special cases:
- Snow falls and accumulates on the snowboard, but then melts. In this case, the snowfall is the greatest depth of snow observed on the board before it begins to melt. If this occurs several times, measure the snowfall after each snow shower and add each measurement for the total snowfall.
- Snow falls and melts continuously on the board. In this case, if the snow never reaches a depth of a tenth of an inch, then a trace of snowfall is recorded.
- Snow has blown or drifted onto the snowboard. In this case, take several measurements from around the yard where the snow has not drifted, being careful only to measure new snow. Take an average of the various measurements to arrive at a total.
- Sleet counts towards total snowfall, freezing rain accumulation does not.

Measuring Snow Depth
The depth of snow on the ground includes both new snow and old snow which was in place. Measure the total snow depth at several locations in your yard which have not drifted or blown. Take an average of these measurements to arrive at the snow depth. Sometimes old snow can be very hard and crusty underneath the new snow. Be sure that the ruler gets all the way down to the underlying ground. Snow depth is measured to the nearest inch.

You need:
- meter
- stick
- board

Fix a meter on a stick. You put a stick on a board (it is portable) or you fix it in a ground.
You wait for a snow to come ;)
Lorddrake says: Jan 22, 2013. 2:33 PM
why do you clean off the board after each reading instead of noting the depth at that time and continuing to allow the snow to accumulate?
Wouldn't you get a more accurate total measurement if you noted the depth at time intervals but allowed the snow to accumulate undisturbed?
skorpijon (author) in reply to LorddrakeJan 23, 2013. 5:45 AM
Hi, I summarized the instructions.
You know that the snow is compressible. It compresses under its own weight. That this phenomenon does not occur, it is better that you measure every four hours and this way you get a more precise measurement of snow fall.
kbug7380 says: Jan 22, 2013. 6:05 AM
You put a lot of time into this And I am sorry your going to most likely lose :)
skorpijon (author) in reply to kbug7380Jan 23, 2013. 5:37 AM
Hi, it is not about winning or loseing. It is about thinking of what and how to do it or even makeing it better. In every case I am a winner, because I was thinking, designing and did it on my own without any help or suggestions. Have a nice day ;)