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Date of Snowmelt at Barrow, Alaska, U.S.A.
Ellsworth G. Dutton and Daniel J. Endres
Arctic and Alpine Research
Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 115-119
Published by: INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1551445
Page Count: 5
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The date of snowmelt near Barrow, Alaska, for recent years is determined from radiometric in situ measurements of the tundra solar albedo. The snowmelt dates determined from the albedo measurements dispute recently published values based on routine visual observations at the Barrow National Weather Service (NWS) Office. Local heat-budget-altering effects of the village and its recent abrupt growth are suggested as the cause for the disagreement between the rural albedo and NWS "in town" observations. The open tundra albedo measurements combined with historical NWS observations suggest that there is no significant trend in the date of snowmelt near Barrow.