HOW TO MEASURE SNOW
11th November 2016
Weather experts across the Alps are using satellite imaging and hi-tech equipment to record the huge November snowstorm.
Some prefer a more old fashioned way. Scientists and weather forecasters are pouring over their charts.
Multiple measurements are being taken at different locations, changing altitudes and a variety of slope aspects.
Data is being fed into computer models and conclusions reached.
The sales & marketing director of VIP SKI, Gareth Crump, has an altogether different approach – a balcony, an old tape measure and a piece of wood.
He arrived last week in heavy snow.
On Thursday morning he pulled out his tape measure and set to work.
By Thursday afternoon it was still snowing and Gareth recorded 40 cm.
By the evening another 10cm had fallen with levels up to 50 cm.
As he went to bed it was 55cm
And at first light Friday it was still snowing – 65cm now.
Another of our readers, Rob Rees from the ski school Inside Out, has his method.
He photographs a tree outside his accommodation in Arc 1800.
And takes pictures of fences.
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