This report presents precipitation data collected using tipping bucket rain gauges in the vicinity of Yucca Mountain from October 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003. Operation of the tipping bucket precipitation monitoring network was assumed by the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in March 2001. Previously, it had been operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The precipitation monitoring network consists of 17 tipping bucket gauges at various locations in the vicinity of Yucca Mountain. During the 2001 water year, rainfall averaged 6.16 inches. The following 2002 water year was much drier averaging 1.11 inches of rainfall, well below the 30-year average of 6.5 inches/year. Precipitation recorded during this period follows regional cyclical patterns of summer monsoonal storms and winter low-pressure systems.
Groundwater; Nevada – Yucca Mountain; Precipitation (Meteorology) -- Measurement; Rain and rainfall – Measurement; Zone of aeration
Environmental Monitoring | Environmental Sciences | Meteorology
Stetzenbach, K. J.,
Smiecinski, A. J.
Precipitation monitoring at Yucca Mountain from 10/01/2000 through 06/30/2003.
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