Selected meteorological and micrometeorological data for an arid site near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada, calendar year 1992

Open-File Report 96-434



il-heat-flux data were collected at a study site adjacent to a low-level radioactive-waste burial facility near Beatty, Nevada, for calendar year 1992. Data were collected in support of ongoing studies to estimate the potential for downward movement of radionuclides into the unsaturated sediments beneath waste-burial trenches at the arid facility. Data collected for the whole year include air temperature, relative humidity, vapor pressure, incident solar radiation, windspeed, wind direction, barometric pressure, and precipitation. Net radiation, soil temperature, and soil-heat flux data also were collected for part of the year. The data are summarized in tables and graphs.

Instrumentation used at the site is discussed. The discussion includes the type, reported accuracy, and the mounting height of each sensor.

During 1992, the hourly and 20-minute mean air temperatures ranged from -8.6 degrees Celsius, in January, to 42.3 degrees Celsius, in July. Hourly and 20-minute mean relative humidity ranged from 2 percent to 100 percent. Hourly and 20-minute mean vapor pressures ranged from 0.07 to 2.47 kilopascals. Daily maximum incident solar radiation values ranged from 115 to 1,021 watts per square meter. Daily maximum net radiation values ranged from 195 to 632 watts per square meter. Daily mean windspeed ranged from 0.6 to 8.1 meters per second. Wind direction was primarily from the northwest in fall, winter, and spring and was from the southeast, southwest, or northwest during the summer. Barometric pressures ranged from 100.16 kilopascals to 103.38 kilopascals. Total precipitation for 1992 was 165.3 millimeters, with more than 50 percent in February and March. Daily mean soil temperatures at a depth from 2 to 6 centimeters ranged from 10.7 to 39.1 degrees Celsius between June and October. Daily mean soil-heat flux at a dep*h of 8 centimeters ranged from -13.4 to 12.2 watts per square meter during the same period.

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Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Selected meteorological and micrometeorological data for an arid site near Beatty, Nye County, Nevada, calendar year 1992
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 96-434
DOI 10.3133/ofr96434
Year Published 1996
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, 33 p.
Country United States
State Nevada
County Nye County
City Beatty
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