Variation of ground snow loads in British Columbia

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Subjectsnow loads; mountains; snow fall; climates; Snow and Ice loads
AbstractThe snow load used for the design of buildings varies with geographical location, elevation and aspect. In 1966 observations were initiated to obtain information on the variation with elevation. The water equivalent of the snow on the ground was measured at sites having a standard exposure and at 400-feet intervals of elevation on several mountains. The maximum load per winter is a second degree function of the elevation. Snowloads increase at a greater rate in wet climate than in areas where snowfalls are small.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number11910
NPARC number20373895
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Record created2012-07-23
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