Selected meteorological data for an arid site near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada, calendar year 1987

Open-File Report 92-59
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Selected meteorological data were collected at a study site adjacent to a low-level radioactive-waste burial facility near Beatty, Nevada, for calendar year 1987. Data were collected in support of an ongoing study to estimate the potential for downward movement of radionuclides into the unsaturated sediments beneath waste-burial trenches at the facility. The data include air temperature, relative humidity, vapor pressure, incident solar radiation, windspeed, wind direction, and precipitation. The data are summarized in tables and graphs

 A discussion of the instrumentation used at the site is presented. Included in the discussion are the type of sensors, their reported accuracy, and mounting height of each sensor.

In 1987, the average hourly air temperatures ranged from -7.6 degrees Celsius, in December, to 43.1 degrees Celsius, in July. Hourly averaged relative humidity ranged from about 12 percent to over 80 percent. Hourly vapor pressures ranged from 0.12 to 1.77 kilopascals. Daily values for maximum incident solar radiation ranged from 118 to 1,067 watts per square meter. Daily mean windspeed ranged from 1.4 to 9.4 meters per second. Monthly wind-direction patterns are shown in a series of diagrams in which wind direction is summed over 10-degree arcs from hourly averaged data. Total precipitation for 1987 was 136.4 millimeters, more than 75 percent occurring during January-April and November-December.

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Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Selected meteorological data for an arid site near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada, calendar year 1987
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 92-59
DOI 10.3133/ofr9259
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Carson City, NV
Contributing office(s) Nevada Water Science Center, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description iv, 27 p.
Country United States
State Nevada
County Nye County
City Beatty