... Record low temperature set at Seattle WA WFO...
A record low temperature of 18 degrees was set at Seattle WA WFO
today. This breaks the old record of 19 set in 2009.
... How to measure snow...
Cold weather is here and it feels like winter. Have you ever
wondered how to properly measure snow? Unfortunately it is not done
by using your car or the grass or bark in your yard. Here is how to
accurately measure snow.
First use two pieces of plywood (roughly 2 ft x 2 ft) or the like to
use as snow boards. One piece can be used to measure total snow and
the other for new snow since the last measurement. Paint them both
white in color so they do not absorb the suns heat energy.
Place the two snow boards in an open area such as in your backyard
away from tall obstructions. You may have trees around your home -
do the best you can to find a less obstructed location. Be sure to
flag both boards so you can find them once they are snow-covered...
and have a yardstick handy that can slide down to the snow board
giving you an accurate reading of both new and total snow depth.
Snow boards provide much more accurate snow measuring platforms than
using your deck... lawn or driveway. You are welcome to measure
snowfall as often as you wish. It should be measured at least once
or twice a day such as first thing in the morning and in the
evening... and shortly after a period of snowfall has ended to
determine new snow totals. Wipe your new snow board off after each
You can report your snow depths to many such as the National Weather
Service via facebook or twitter... TV weather anchors or other news
organizations. National Weather Service Skywarn weather spotters and
cocorahs (community collaborative rain hail and snow network)
volunteers report their snow depths to the National Weather Service
each day when applicable. To learn more about cocorahs and to
join... visit www.Cocorahs.Org information about the Skywarn
weather spotter program is also available at
www.Weather.Gov/Seattle/ under the additional observations link.
You can more about how to measure snow via the cocorahs training
video at www.Cocorahs.Org
Our western Washington weather is terrain driven. When it rains...
it is hard to notice the difference in rain amounts from place to
place. But when the rain turns to snow... the differences in snow
depths is Stark. Accurate snow measurements reflect these amazing
differences from location to location.
Now you know how to measure snow. If it snows this winter season...
report your snow depths with confidence.