How to measure the depth of snow

Sam Wormleighton By Sam Wormleighton, 5th Jan 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/279c3p-n/
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Apparently it can be very hard to calculate how deep a snowfall is. In this article I aim to demystify this ancient art.

Motivation for measurement

When I reared my sleepy head this morning the world looked calmer and gentler than usual. Some snow had fallen over night, how twee and delightful. But no! Panic stations. This wasn't snow, it was foot deep snow. And foot deep snow warrants closing the schools, abandoning the roads and generally hailing the coming of the Apocalypse.

I know this because everyone I spoke to went to great lengths to explain that the snow was really deep. A foot deep. They told me this, repeatedly, despite the fact I was stood in it at the time an could plainly see it was only about 20cm deep.

Rather than risk a fight by blinding them with metrification I've written this handy guide on how to measure the depth of snow.

Step one; the beginning, middle and end of the process

To measure the depth of snow you need two things:

  1. Snow
  2. A measuring device, such as a ruler or tape measure

You place the measuring device against the snow, in a place where it hasn't collect into a drift, and read off the number.

In this case I found it, staggeringly, to be about 20cm deep.

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Depth, Ruler, Science, Snow, Very Funny Things

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I am Wikinut's top technical author and advisor, which makes me a pretty big nut when you think about it!

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author avatar Poppy
5th Jan 2010 (#)

You're like the grinch who stole snowday ;)

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author avatar The Gifter
5th Jan 2010 (#)

Have you considered counting the grains of sand on a beach?

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author avatar Daisy
5th Jan 2010 (#)

In our village we definitely had a foot of snow !!!(30 cm in new money)

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author avatar Daisy
5th Jan 2010 (#)

In our village we definitely had a foot of snow!!! (30 cm in new money)

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author avatar krrymarie
8th Aug 2010 (#)

we got snow this time normally where I live we don't get much! I love the snow and I am missing it roll on the winter and let us have more!

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author avatar joan marie
28th Mar 2011 (#)

Snow is a tricky thing. Guessing the weather is hard, too. Great photos. I remember snow from growing up in New Hampshire.

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