Task Summary Reports
This project began by digitizing all hand-written meteorological observing
records from the pre-1948 era yielding a database totaling 370 stations
with some records dating back to the 1850's. This database was merged
with the post-1948 observations and stored using the Summary of the
Day (SOD) format as defined by the National Climate Data Center (NCDC).
A summary of the task and listing of available stations in the database
can be viewed here.
For Task 2 of this project, the snowfall, precipitation, temperature
and wind records for Minnesota were analyzed generating the following
statistics: snow accumulation season, mean seasonal snowfall, percentile
rankings and probability of exceedence, snow water equivalence and finally
wind frequency distributions. This report summarizes the techniques
used for the analysis and provides a link to each product.
Following the guidelines of Dr. Ronald Tabler (1994) and utilizing the
climatological products developed in task 2, snow transport models were
run for Minnesota. Also a field study was conducted to investigate some
of the agricultural implications of living snow fences. Visit this link
to learn more about the impact of living snow fences.
Included in this report is a brief summary of the Web Site hosting the
climatological products and instructions on how to retrieve climate
data from the Minnesota State Climatology Office Web Site.