Counting the snow flakes might not sound to be an appealing job or even one that will be very important.
But Mike Strobel understands that what he does to get a living has a far reaching impact, one in which millions of Americans have a vested interest, including farmers, ranchers, traffic security officials, highway engineers, communities, water and irrigation districts -just about every man, woman, kid, and animal throughout the nation.
Technically, Mike doesn’t count genuine snow flakes, just the level of accumulation caused by prolonged snows over a month across the Colorado Rockies. He’s supervisor for the USDA-NRCS Snow Survey Program.
But is tracking the accumulation of snow high really all that important? It certainly is to agriculture in the Southwest, including to New Mexico and Texas farmers. Just like the weather reports which are specially detailed for farmers in other countries, who’s livelihoods depend on what the weather is like. You can access specialised reports from other countries which do cover the Colorado area but you may need to buy proxy servers in order to watch them.
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Actually, six major waterways, including the Colorado River, begin in the Rockies, every spring, and in the event the snow didn’t fall and melt, there would little or no water after a period of time in those waterways. And that could be quite debatable. The Colorado River and its tributaries alone supply water to numerous men and women and as far south as Mexico.