|A path to the snowboard.|
|The stick marks the spot.|
I have a spot marked in the backyard where I keep the snowboard. It's in the middle of the yard to avoid drifting near the house and under-accumulation near the trees. I've shoveled myself a little path to get out to it, and it's marked by a stick that's now just barely sticking out over top of the snow that's been piling up.
|Take a few menasurements.|
When I measure the snow, I take a few measurements on the board and average them. Even within the space of a few inches, the snow depth can vary by up to half an inch. After I'm satisfied that I have a representative measurement, I reach down and pull up the board. I clear it off, smooth out the snow where the board sits, and plop it back down, ready to receive more snow. Now that the snow has piled up over a few days, I'm also measuring the total depth of the snow on the grass - not just the new snowfall. For the record, we had 6.3" of new snow on Wednesday, an even 4.0" Friday into yesterday, and another 2.7" of lake effect on top of that last night into today. We're in a weather pattern where we're looking at the potential for some light accumulations due to lake effect (likely less than an inch) through mid-week.
|Pick up the snowboard and smooth out the snow.|
|Plop the snowboard back down, and it's ready for new snow.|