Wind-blown Snow as a Water Resource
Basics of Blizzards and Snowdrift Control

The Balance
We mentioned in the Overview that some of the drift control tools, like snow fences and shelterbelts, have been around a long time. Our research aims to improve the efficient use of old tools at the same time we look for new ways. Improving efficiency means finding ways that do the job with less cost (like using the Internet to get these results to you). We're after Goldilocks designs, not too big (costly)--not too small (ineffective), but just right. These pages are all about how to match drift controls with the amount of snow moved by the wind. For example, how much snow drifts off the west forty in an average winter, and how big a snow fence will it take to keep that much drift out of the calving barn and corrals. How big a structure gives just enough wind protection for 40 cow-calf pairs.

To get that balance, we need to know some basics of blizzards, and of drift control. So let's get balanced! It's basic (and easy).

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