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Estimating snow load in California for three recurrence intervalsAuthor(s): David L. Azuma
Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-379. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 6 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionA key to designing facilities in snowbound areas is knowing what the expected snow load levels are for given recurrence intervals. In California, information about snow load is available only for the Lake Tahoe Basin. About 280 snow courses in the State were analyzed, and snow load estimated and related to elevation on a river basin and statewide level. The tabulated snow load was estimated for three recurrence intervals—25, 50, and 100 years-for each snow course. No relationship was found between elevation and snow load on either a statewide or river basin level.
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CitationAzuma, David L. 1985. Estimating snow load in California for three recurrence intervals. Res. Note PSW-RN-379. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.
Keywordssnow load, estimates, California, recurrence intervals, snow water equivalent
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