The SNOTEL data acquisition system measures the sensors with Campbell Scientific's dataloggers, then transmits the data using MeteorBurst Communications Master Stations in Boise, Idaho and Ogden, Utah. They collect snowpack and other weather data from approximately 700 sites in the mountains of the Western United States. The data is used to generate water supply forecasts for farmers.

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Case Study Summary


Snowpack measurement and water supply forecasting


Mountain regions of 11 Western US states


Dale Smith

Participating Organizations


Measured Parameters

Snow-water equivalent, snow depth, snow weight, precipitation, temperature, wind speed, wind direction

Controlled Devices

MeteorComm 545B Radio