December 5, 2007
I thought, this might be interesting. Another high priced piece of equipment. I've always wanted to know how they measured snowfall, so I watched.
They started out by showing a yard with all the boxes that measure humidity, wind speed, etc. while the guy was explaining that in Minnesota, they have only four official spots they measured the snow in the whole state. (OK..interesting but only four?) He then was asked if he would show how they did it.
Sure, just walk over here in the snow. They showed a nice clean area with a flag sticking out of the snow. "This is where we do all our official measurements." Then he pulled out a 12 inch metal ruler and stuck it in the snow. 4.2 inches....He then reached down in the snow and pulled a piece of plywood out, scrapped it off, and dropped it back on the snow. "We use a metal ruler cause it's serves as a snow scrapper and measure four times a day."
The guy probably gets 50 grand a year to do that. Hey....I'll do it for 10.
If my identification is right, then these are Song Sparrows. They are a little bigger then most sparrows I've seen and have some really pretty markings.
I also spotted another new bird this morning. I believe it's another type of sparrow but they are extremely small...even smaller then the Chickadees. They also are early morning feeders. I couldn't get any pictures because of poor lighting but will keep my eyes open for later in the day.
Went out and looked at what he was moving and found out we had between 3-4 inches. Guess I'm going to have to look out more then one window to try and measure snowfall.