Thursday, February 5, 2009

Snowpack Monitoring, Snowshoeing - Albany Pine Bush

Today was the day of my volunteer snowpack monitoring in the Albany Pine Bush. My day comes up every two weeks, and I spend an hour snowshoeing around to about 60 snow stakes and logging the snow depth. Today's depth varied from 8" to about 17", depending on location. The weather today was pretty cold, only about 15F with a biting wind, made worse by the fact that the whole route is in wide-open fields. There was also a pretty good icy crust on the snow that I kept breaking through. I finished the whole thing in about 45 minutes - it was just too cold to dawdle around.

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