Snowfall Is Literally Measured With A Ruler

Published January 21, 2011

Channel 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum on WBUR’s Morning Edition:

The interesting thing about snow measuring, Bob. We have all this very sophisticated equipment that we measure the size of hail, the amount of rain that falls, all of that, down to the millimeter. And when it comes to measuring snow, we go the old fashioned-way. People take a ruler and stick it in the ground and see how much snow fell.

I didn’t know that. Doesn’t it seem rather unscientific? Much of the weather business is, I suppose.