The role of solar radiation in processes causing melting of a deep snow pack in the Sierra Nevada in 1946 was found important, both in direct absorption and as source of heat relayed to the snow by forest canopy and other elements in the environment of the snow.

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* Abstracted from a paper presented to meetings of the American Geophysical Union at Berkeley, California, 14 February 1948, which was based upon Technical Report No. 5 of the Corps of Engineers—Weather Bureau Cooperative Snow Investigations, “Hydrometeorological Log of the Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, 1945–1946.”

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