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How much water is there in that snow? 2015

posted Mar 11, 2015, 11:49 AM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 8:56 AM ]




Really rough science……..


In conjunction with our trip with Thomas Hawley, we took the students outside the school and tried to do a snowpack measurement using a vinyl sleeve and a five gallon bucket. We captured the snow in the sleeve and then allowed the snow to melt in the bucket overnight. The next day we measure how much water we had in the bucket.

1.38L of melted snow in the 4” VINYL SLEEVE


Since you need a 3x3 grid to make a square foot you would take 1.38L and times it by 9 to equal 12.42L of water in a square foot as of 3/11 at Molly Ockett Middle School


1 ACRE HAS 43560 SQUARE FEET


12.42.5L of water IN A SQUARE FOOT X 43560 sq ft = 541,015L of water  IN AN ACRE


M.O.M.S. HAS 36 ACRES


541,015L X 36 = 19,476,540 L (that’s 5,145,157 gallons)




SINCE THERE ARE 640 ACRES IN SQUARE MILE

AND WE KNOW THAT CURRENTLY THERE ARE 19,476,540L  IN AN ACRE


640 X 19,476,540 = 12,464,985,600L PER ACRE



IN THE TOWN OF FRYEBURG THERE ARE 65.89 SQUARE MILES


65.89 X 12,464,985,600= 821,317,901,184L (that’s 216,969,235,300.11 gallons)


Last year we had 103,835,560,168.66 gallons



Why is this important?


What about the Saco?




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