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Precipitation, Rainfall, Snowfall, Precipitation Station, North Dakota


Ten precipitation stations were set up to collect precipitation data (including rainfall/snowfall and snow depth measurements) across 6 USGS HUC10 watersheds. The heated tipping bucket rain gauge was utilized to obtain precipitation measurements. The heating mechanism engaged when temperatures were below freezing and thawed frozen precipitation to acquire measurements year-round (Heated Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge, Hydrological Services America). The data accuracy is within +/- 3% even with high rainfall intensities due to the integrated syphon mechanism which controls the release of precipitation into the tipping bucket (TB3 Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge, Hydrological Services America). The data were originally collected at a 1-minute time interval, which was changed to a 5-minute time interval in June 2016; however, not all data are continuous at this point. See the ReadMe file for complete details located in the zip file of precipitation data.


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Chu, X. (2015). “Delineation of Pothole-Dominated Wetlands and Modeling of Their Threshold Behaviors.” Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, D5015003.

Habtezion, N., Tahmasebi Nasab, M., and Chu, X. (2016). “How does DEM resolution affect microtopographic characteristics, hydrologic connectivity, and modelling of hydrologic processes?” Hydrological Processes, 30(25), 4870–4892.

Tahmasebi Nasab, M., Jia, X., and Chu, X. (2016). “Modeling of Subsurface Drainage under Varying Microtopographic, Soil and Rainfall Conditions.” 10th International Drainage Symposium, J. Strock, ed., American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Minneapolis, MN, 133–138.

Tahmasebi Nasab, M., Grimm, K., Wang, N., and Chu, X. (2017). “Scale Analysis for Depression-Dominated Areas: How Does Threshold Resolution Represent a Surface?” World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2017, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, 164–174.




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