Originally Posted by tam
I can explain this for you: 1) There are 2 "official" measurements taken daily... one at 5am, one at 12pm (yes we report also at 8:30am-ish, but that's not one of our official "recorded" measurements, just an update). These totals are the two different amounts you will see on the website daily (ie the two different numbers you will see at 5am and noon-ish on the website). These totals are both 24 hr totals independent of each other... so 5am is since 5am the day prior, 12pm is since 12pm day prior... two different measuring stakes. 2) The cumulative total is based on the 5am report only. So the grand total won't change until 5am the next day. So if 6" is picked up between 5am and noon (and not blown away by wind), that 6" won't change the cumulative total until the next day. 3) Snow blows away on us sometimes. So if that aforementioned 6" that fell between 5am and noon gets blown to Wyoming by the next 5am reading, it might not get factored into the cumulative yearly total. Make sense? So no, there are no disappearing inches (unless like I said, snow blows away during the day), it's all pretty meticulously recorded.
Tam, 1st off, thanks for taking the time to explain. However, since I am ADHD and OCD, I have been monitoring the postings. Trust me, it has not been uncommon for the totals to change 2-3 times during the day with the cumulative totals not being changed when the daily and 48 hour totals change. Greg Merz and I have made this into a bit of a game now. He also noticed this going on. If its that complicated, they need to "uncomplicate" it. Its a snow report......
It's not that they are disappearing, its that they aren't being reported consistently. You shouldn't have a report, then 2 hour later change one of the amounts and not the cumulative. Yesterday for instance, the increased the 48 hour amount by 2" but didn't increase the cumulative. How is that correct? Their own splash page on the site read 17" when the snow report showed 20"
Why not just post two different totals (24 & since the close, or in this case, 5am till noon) so people viewing it aren't confused and it doesn't seem like they can't track the totals accurately. Take a look at other resorts and you will see how its done, a 24, 48, 72 and 96 hour total, cumulative and then have a "since the close" amount. this clearly delineates what fell when.
Another peeve is that they don't post the temps at the resort. From a marketing perspective, this is something they should be doing.
Edited by Finndog - 12/19/12 at 5:25am