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Title: The disposition of snow caught by conifer crowns

Author: Satterlund, Donald R.; Haupt, Harold F.;

Date: 1970

Source: Water Resources Research. 6(2): 649-652.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Snow interception studies during the warm winters of 1966-1967 and 1967-1968 in northern Idaho revealed that Douglas fir and western white pine saplings caught about one third of the snow that fell in 22 storms. More than 80% of the snow initially caught in the crowns ultimately reached the ground being washed off by subsequent rain, falling by direct mass release, or dripping as melting snow. Only a small portion was lost by evaporation.

Keywords: snow, conifer crowns, disposition

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Satterlund, Donald R.; Haupt, Harold F. 1970. The disposition of snow caught by conifer crowns. Water Resources Research. 6(2): 649-652.


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