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J. Cecil Alter Snow Survey Correspondence and Articles

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-85
Collection contains correspondence to J. Cecil Alter from James E. Church, J. L. Ford, and H. L. Stoner in 1926 regarding his article on rate of snow melting and data regarding snow melt in the early summer. Three articles written by Alter, "Snow Condition and Rate of Melting," "Salt Lake City Precipitation in Relation to Stream Discharge from the Adjacent Mountains," and "Mountain Snow Condition and Rate of Melting," are also included.

Dates

  • 1926

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (2 folders)

Overview

J. Cecil Alter was a meteorologist with the U. S. Weather Bureau based out of Salt Lake City, Utah in the early 1900s. Collection contains three sets of correspondence to Alter from James E. Church, J. L. Ford, and H. L. Stoner in 1926 regarding his article on rate of snow melting, data regarding snow melt in the early summer, and copies of three articles on the rate of snow melt.

Biographical Note

J. Cecil Alter was a meteorologist with the U. S. Weather Bureau based out of Salt Lake City, Utah in the early 1900s. Alter is best known for his work in developing the Alter Shield, which is a precipitation gauge wind shield still in use today with modern rain gauges. Alter's various papers on the rate of snow melt were, at the time, heralded as the best parameter for use in water supply forecasting. However, as time went on, it was discovered that the snow survey method developed by James E. Church on Mt. Rose, Nevada for forecasting the seasonal water supply was more accurate.

Arrangement

Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Randall Julander via Jeff Anderson in December 2017.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

James E. Church Papers (NC96) Western Snow Conference Records (NC442)

Separated Materials

General reports and publication regarding weather and water supplies transferred to the Special Collections book stacks.
Title
Guide to J. Cecil Alter's Snow Survey Correspondence and Articles
Status
for_mcd_review
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
December 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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