Measuring Snowfall
activity exercisesuggested grade levels: 6-12

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A snow gauge measures the amount of snow that has fallen. You can make your own!

2-pound coffee can ruler (inches) black marker

1. Remove any labels from the can and make sure it is completely clean.
2. Mark off inches on the coffee can. Put the can outside, away from the house in a calm, protected area but not under a tree.
3. Read the depth of snowfall directly off the collecting can. About ten inches of snow is equal to one inch of rain so if you wish to know the amount of precipitation, divide the depth of the snow by ten.
4. As a check on this measurement, allow the snow to melt at room temperature. This will keep evaporation at a minimum.

Related Lesson Topics:
Climatology: Climatology Topics

Lesson Plan provided with permission from Science Activities from A to Z by Dr. Helen Challand and Elizabeth Brandt, illustrations by Herb Rudd , 2000
Idaho Achievement Standards (as of 7/2001) met by completing this activity: