“Thereby precluding the possibility for multiple measurements to be made at the same sampling location.”
The team noted the need for:
“Improved automation of snowpack measurement instrumentation with an emphasis on ﬁeld-based feedback of measurement validity in lieu of post processing of samples or data at a lab or oﬃce location.”
Sounds like a job for a wireless load cell based system installed at the start of the snow season and left in situ over the winter! As the team noted:
“The scientific future of snow measurement instrumentation thereby requires a synthesis between science and engineering principles that takes into consideration geophysics and the physics of device operation.”
Removing snow on your roof
Fed up with brushing snow off your roof? No, we’re not either, but it is a serious problem in many countries. It’s the weight of the snow that is the issue.
“A cubic foot of dry snow weighs about 6 to 8 pounds, while 1 cubic foot of packed snow can weight 20 pounds … If the snow weighs 10 pounds per cubic foot and there are 1.5 feet on the roof, each square foot of the roof is getting 15 pounds of pressure. If your roof is 1,000 square feet, the total snow load is 15,000 pounds of snow.”
Tesla creator Elon Musk might have a solution, sharing via Twitter how a heating grid added to the Tesla Solarglass solar panel roof tiles might automatically remove ice and snow off of the roof. As Musk tweeted “We have that already on car windows!”
Want to know the weight of snow before you start shovelling?
Make your own Snow Monitoring Scales to add to a DIY weather station, or to calculate the weight of snow on your roof. OK, this might be more appropriate for the American inventor in the video, or people trying to remove heavy snow from their roof, but it’s a fun project for UK kids. Just make sure you ask the cook in the family first before you take apart their digital kitchen scales….
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