Re: Stream Flow
Posted by Dezdan on February 26, 2004 at 03:37:33:
In Reply to: Stream Flow posted by Harold Ericsson on February 26, 2004 at 00:33:00:
The way I see it (only a logical guess/theory):
Precipitation fell starting about noon on Feb 21st and continued to fall throughout the 22nd. The break in data could represent a loss in communication caused but the elements or by a low fuel temp. The Midhills RAW station, as well as a UPRR station had similar loss in data around the same time frame as the Caruthers Creek gaging stations data loss. Low or dense clouds maybe?? Who knows...
I believe the creeks rising and falling action is the direct effect of sunrise and sunset coinciding with snow melt collecting in the creek. As the sun rises the temperature rises and snow begins to melt and runoff into the creek, though there will be a slight delay (2 or 3 hours?) from when the sun first rises to when the first increase in the creeks flow is noticeable and vise versa. The creeks flow will peak just after at the warmest time of the day, and will began to subside as runoff decreases as the sun begins to set and the temperature drops. If my theory is correct, we should start seeing a progressive drop in the maximum flow reached each day, unless this next storm drops more snow and prolongs the eventual decay of snow melt.
Like I said, just a theory...