Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 14, 1779–1794, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1779-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1779–1794, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1779-2020

Research article 03 Jun 2020

Research article | 03 Jun 2020

Radar measurements of blowing snow off a mountain ridge

Benjamin Walter et al.

Data sets

Snow Drift Station – 3D Ultrasonic B. Walter and H. Huwald https://doi.org/10.16904/envidat.116

Snow Drift Station – Micro RainRadar B. Walter, H. Huwald, and Josuè https://doi.org/10.16904/envidat.113

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We applied a horizontally mounted low-cost precipitation radar to measure velocities, frequency of occurrence, travel distances and turbulence characteristics of blowing snow off a mountain ridge. Our analysis provides a first insight into the potential of radar measurements for determining blowing snow characteristics, improves our understanding of mountain ridge blowing snow events and serves as a valuable data basis for validating coupled numerical weather and snowpack simulations.