New Instruments Measuring the Impact of Dust on Snow Coming to Storm Peak Laboratory

A new article from the Steamboat Pilot announced that Storm Peak Laboratory will be adding pyranometers in the fall of 2021 to better understand the impact of dust on snow. Pyranometers, which measure how solar radiation interacts with snow, provide valuable insight into how dust impacts the occurrence and timing of snowmelt. When dust lands on snow, more solar radiation is absorbed, leading to quicker snowmelt, thus impacting the water supply. Since snowmelt from the previous winter season supplies water to states in the western United States throughout the year, understanding the impact dust has on snow is critical. Dr. McKenzie Skiles, a Professor of Geography at the University of Utah, is funding the addition of pyranometers at SPL.

Check out the full article here and keep an eye out for future results: