The Weather Bureau activities in the runoff field during the 1949–1950 year centered largely around its flood and water supply forecasting activities. A new River Forecast Center was inaugurated at Portland, Oregon in January, 1950 to provide service for the Columbia River Basin and adjacent coastal areas. The first custom‐made model of the electronic flood routing machine has been delivered and is being tested to determine its electrical and operating characteristics. A large portion of the Bureau's investigations during the year were aimed at developing to the fullest all possible applications of existing techniques but considerable effort was devoted to the problem of developing new methods for short‐range forecasting of runoff from melting snow. A technique has been developed which appears to satisfy the requirements but it has not yet been adequately tested. Water supply forecasting activities were continued and the number of forecast points increased to about 300. The Cooperative Snow Investigations, with the Corps of Engineers, continued during the year.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Report of the Committee on Runoff, 1949–1950|
|Series title||Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union|
|Publisher||American Geophysical Union|
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