How to measure your snow totals

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) In western Wisconsin, its no secret that we get a lot of snow.

And when it comes to snowfall totals, it's something we tell you about almost every day.

But contrary to popular belief, it doesn't take any high tech instruments to get an accurate reading.

As meteorologists it's important for us to be accurate as possible when predicting snowfall totals. Once the snow has begun to fall, it's also important we get an accurate measurement of how much has fallen.

At WEAU 13 News, we measure snowfall right at the station.

To measure snowfall amounts at your home you will need a few materials:

1. A plywood board
2. A snow shovel
3. A yardstick or ruler for measuring
4. A pencil and paper to record your data.

Pick a spot out in the open as far away from any buildings, cars, or trees as you can.

Lay the board on top of the snow for a few hours to let the board get cold so the snow won't melt after it starts to come down.

Once it does start to snow, go out to your board every hour or so to measure how much has fallen. Be sure to measure in a couple of places on the board to get an accurate measurement.

Next, write down your total, then clear off the board with your shovel. This way the snow won't pack down and you will get a more accurate reading.

Repeat the last steps every hour or two until the snow has stopped, then add up your total amount of snowfall for the event.

This is a great at home experiment for kids. You can also encourage your friends and family to do their own snow measurements at their homes and you can compare your different total amounts.


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