A beautiful day to download data and check the precipitation gauges
Selina, Juris, and I (Hilary) went to visit the Nipika site to make sure that all instruments were functioning properly and to complete a data download. Everything was working properly and once the data download was complete, we left to check on Selina's FLNRORD precipitation gauge transect and to download more data. After a beautiful drive to precipitation gauge 1, we were delighted to find that it was still standing upright and recording data, albeit with a few loose screws. After downloading the data and securing the screws into the platform, we taped around the platform to ensure that we wouldn't lose any screws should they become loose again. We also made sure that the platform was level and that the guy lines were tight. We have a strong suspicion that the issues with this gauge are due to the strong katabatic winds and that this will likely be a continuing problem. It was my first time driving that far up the road and visiting the gauge, and wow - such beautiful scenery! The views are incredible and the roar of the two waterfalls in the background was very peaceful. I will volunteer to visit that rain gauge any day! Check out the youtube video we made of Selina explaining her gauge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABMWQYUJ3Qs (see if you can spot the special cameo at the end...). We then drove to gauges 2 and 3 where we downloaded the data and encountered no issues. We returned back to Radium Hot Springs around 5pm after a very successful day.
Field Participants: Selina Mitchell, Juris Almonte & Hilary Smith