Christman Field Latest Observations
Date Time
MST
Temp
°F
RH
%
DewPt
°F
Wind
mph
Dir
°
Gust
mph
Dir
°
Press
in Hg
Solar
W/m^2
Prec
in
2019-11-12 05:50 11.6 86.3 8.3 0.7 352 2.1 352 24.993 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:45 13.2 88.8 10.5 0.5 352 1.5 352 24.994 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:40 13.0 92.0 11.1 0.5 352 1.6 351 24.995 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:35 11.9 92.8 10.2 1.1 351 2.5 352 24.995 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:30 9.8 91.6 7.9 3.1 352 4.5 340 24.996 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:25 8.8 89.4 6.3 3.2 340 3.8 348 24.996 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:20 11.5 84.2 7.6 3.2 5 4.2 5 24.999 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:15 12.1 92.6 10.3 0.3 323 2.1 322 24.999 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:10 10.8 93.8 9.4 0.2 236 1.8 236 25.002 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:05 10.5 93.0 8.9 0.5 290 1.1 290 25.006 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 05:00 9.2 91.8 7.3 1.2 290 2.0 290 25.012 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:55 8.9 90.4 6.6 2.2 290 4.6 296 25.015 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:50 8.2 92.4 6.5 1.3 295 4.9 299 25.017 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:45 6.3 89.2 3.8 0.5 168 1.7 168 25.020 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:40 7.5 87.4 4.5 1.1 168 2.0 168 25.021 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:35 8.1 88.4 5.3 1.9 105 3.5 25 25.023 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:30 9.4 87.4 6.4 1.2 25 3.0 25 25.024 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:25 10.2 91.8 8.3 0.7 171 1.6 171 25.021 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:20 9.2 90.9 7.1 0.5 171 1.6 171 25.023 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:15 9.3 90.9 7.2 1.2 170 3.4 170 25.032 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:10 7.8 92.7 6.1 1.3 231 3.2 231 25.037 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:05 7.2 88.6 4.6 1.2 231 3.2 231 25.040 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 04:00 7.9 91.1 5.8 0.4 22 1.5 22 25.032 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:55 7.9 90.0 5.5 1.5 22 2.1 22 25.032 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:50 8.9 89.2 6.4 1.9 22 2.7 22 25.036 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:45 9.4 91.5 7.4 1.4 357 3.1 357 25.048 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:40 9.8 92.4 8.0 0.0 339 0.0 339 25.052 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:35 8.9 92.5 7.1 0.6 339 1.5 340 25.056 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:30 8.0 91.9 6.1 0.8 339 1.9 339 25.062 0.0 0.00
2019-11-12 03:25 8.2 91.1 6.1 2.6 339 3.5 329 25.064 0.0 0.00
CIRA

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Fassnacht, Steven

Steven Fassnacht

CIRA Fellow

Job Title:
Professor, Colorado State University
About Me:

Research Interests:

Prof. Fassnacht’s research interests include improving our understanding of snow and cold land hydrological processes, especially considering different complexities of models. These models are used for water resources forecasting, hydrological simulations, and climate modelling. My focuses are improving the data used for modelling and understanding the sensitivity of process formulations. We have tried to improve weather radar estimation of snowfall for hydrological modelling.  We have created a time series of snow water equivalent maps for the Western United States that together with fractional snow covered area data have been assimilated into a hydrological model.  We have examined how wind influences precipitation measurements (as snow) compared to snowpack losses via sublimation and blowing snow.

 

Hydrological and meteorological data exist at various spatial and temporal scales that can influence our analysis.  Use of specific data can tell us a specific story that may not be relevant in the bigger picture. For example, a series of large snow storms in January of 1999 created havoc for transportation in Southern Ontario and early indications were that severe flooding was likely. However, due to several preceeding dry years and a dry spring, the lowest peak flows on record were observed. 

 

We have examined the scales for snow depth sampling using fractal analysis, looked at averaging and sub-setting of large datasets, and investigated the interannual consistency of snowpack distribution patterns.  Together with Nolan Doesken at the Colorado Climate Center, we have examined the measurement of snow depth using Ultra Sonic Snow Depth Sensors.   

Recent work on snow crystals has translated into investigating snow surface roughness. We have developed a method to use digital photography to analysis snow surface roughness and have compared different evaluation metrics.  We have shown how the snowpack surface roughness changes over time, has directionality, scales over space, and is influenced by dust on snow.