Precipitation Data in the Mountains of the Western United States: Do We Have What We Need?

by Kelly Redmond, Univ of Nevada at Reno, Reno, United States,
Nolan J. Doesken, Univ of Nevada at Reno, Reno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


Data collected by the National Weather Service and the Soil Conservation Service in the western United States are the primary sources of precipitation information for engineering and hydrologic applications in mountainous regions. There are a growing number of new data sources as electronic data collection continues to expand. No existing network meets all current information needs, and, to the different of data users, networks have not been managed as components of comprehensive monitoring programs. The lack of long-term data for hourly or finer time periods over much of the mountainous region has resulted in low confidence in availablE estimates of intense precipitation at high elevations. Improved coordination and cooperation among data collectors are essential for improving data resources.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Weather forecasting | Hydrologic data | Precipitation | Mountains | Information management | Hydrologic engineering | United States

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