So, in my little yard, snow accumulations vary greatly. I get huge drifts in some parts and just a dusting in others. To take accurate measurements of snow accumulation, how do I choose a spot? Obviously some place in the open, that doesn't get walked on/shoveled/driven on. Even so I can take readings in three different places and get three different measurements - south facing driveway median, north facing lawn between house and cherry tree, and east facing lawn.
Measuring on the deck would be easiest for me, since I don't have to put on boots to get there and I don't have to consider a couple inches of grass altering the measurement. But perhaps the deck is too close to the house, altering snow accumulation patterns? tho that is where the rain gauge is.
I also noticed yesterday that while my back yard had 4" snow, the lawn in the neighborhood park just a few blocks away had at least 8", both measured in untrampled areas. How does that happen?