Precipitation Gauge Siting for Evaluation of an Orographic Cloud Seeding Demonstration Project in the Central Rocky Mountains

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  • Gerard E Klazura Division of Atmospheric Resources Research U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Denver, Colorado
  • Arlin B Super Division of Atmospheric Resources Research U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Denver, Colorado
  • Jonnie G Medina Division of Atmospheric Resources Research U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Denver, Colorado

Abstract

A winter orographic cloud seeding demonstration program is being planned for one or more of the high-water yield subbasins within the Upper Colorado River Basin. The primary response variable to be analyzed is the mean areal precipitation for 24-hour or shorter time intervals. The precipitation gauge network design includes the following specifications: gauge resolution of 0.025 cm; gauges installed at well protected sites such as small clearings in forests; gauges placed in a quasi-uniform areal distribution; the full range of elevations and aspects sampled; most gauges installed above 2900 m.

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