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March 2001

Foul-Weather Heroes

UCAR's snow crew (from left to right): Patrick Ryan, Tom Petruzzi, Rich Johnson, Bob Yale (kneeling), Keith White, and Louie DiMarco. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

As we all know full well, if you can make it to the bottom of the Mesa Lab hill after a snowstorm, you can easily make it to the top. The thanks for this goes to this hardy troop of intrepid plowers known as UCAR's snow crew. These foul-weather heroes are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that staff can reach the Mesa Lab not only during normal working hours, but also at night for SCD's computer-room shift changes and for scheduled special events at the lab.

Snow removal at all UCAR sites is handled in part by a contractor, although all of UCAR's maintenance staff gets involved at all sites during a severe ice or snow storm. To drive plows such as the 1987 Ford pictured in the background, a commercial driver's license is required.

The snow-removal team has been particularly busy this year. This winter has not yet resulted in any major snowstorms, but the frequency of snows and the unusual ice storms have tested the crew's mettle. The chart shows how many snowfalls have occurred this year and how they compare to those in previous years. And note, March can be very snowy: last year's March gave us two 10-inch snowfalls. So, while a new snowplow is scheduled for delivery this spring to replace UCAR's 1981 International, that old plow may yet see some heavy work before retirement.

"Many vendors who have delivered to the Mesa loading dock have been amazed at how well the ML road is maintained during snowstorms," notes David Soule, who supervises the crew. And the staff has noticed as well. Thank you, fellas!

• Sally Bates

Boulder snowfalls measured at the cooperative observing station. The station was established in 1980 and is located on the west side of the NOAA campus on Broadway. The measurements are in inches and were provided to Staff Notes Monthly by official Boulder Weather Watcher Matt Kelsch of COMET.

season Through February September through May
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90/91 19 3 0 55.7 26 5 1 12.4 11 Apr 77.2
91/92 15 5 0 53.6 19 6 1 16.3 8 Mar 73.3
92/93 17 2 2 78.6 23 3 2 21.4 23 Nov 95.3
93/94 19 4 0 74.8 28 6 0 10.5 28 Oct 112.5
94/95 13 4 1 62.7 22 7 1 16.0 14 Nov 104.0
95/96 15 5 0 67.9 23 6 0 10.6 24 Mar 93.2
96/97 20 3 0 76.7 30 6 1 18.6 24 Apr 129.4
97/98 13 3 1 70.3 23 6 2 29.8 24 Oct 132.3
98/99 11 1 0 38.2 16 4 1 10.0 14 Apr 79.1
99/00 9 1 0 37.1 15 3 0 11.6 15 Mar 72.6
mean 15.1 3.1 0.4 61.6 22.5 5.2 0.9 15.7 96.9
00/01 *19 *1 *0 *47.6


*7.3 16 Jan
* through 21 Feb 2001


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