Basic Requirements for Collecting, Documenting, and Reporting Precipitation and Stormwater-Flow Measurements - US Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-255 is provided in PDF format.
Caltech's SnowCrystals.com is all about snow crystals and snowflakes and how these remarkably complex and beautiful structures appear, quite literally, out of thin air. Includes a collection of high resolution snow crystal photos.
Cloud Appreciation Society - You love lying in the park on a summer's day and looking for shapes in the cumulus clouds. You think a mackerel sky of puffy altocumulus stretching off towards the setting sun is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. In short, you love clouds. And yet everyone else just seems to complain about them. Are you the only one who thinks life would be poorer without these glorious 'patron goddesses of idle fellows'? No, you're not. There are others like you. Join them here.
Fundamentals of Physical Geography: Introduction to the Hydrosphere - Chapter 8 from the online textbook by Dr. Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, Canada, covers precipitation (rain, ice, snow, hail) and fog (radiation, upslope, advection, evaporation, and frontal fog). Also cloud formation processes, global distribution of precipitation, acid precipitation, and other related topics.
How to Read Your Rain Gauge - The Colorado Climate Center offers advice on obtaining accurate rainfall measurements using a 4-inch plastic rain gauge.
International Cloud Atlas - 2017 Edition - Manual on the Observation of Clouds and Other Meteors (WMO-No. 407)
International Cloud Atlas Volume I - World Meteorological Organization, 1975 (PDF 6.65MB 180 pages)
International Cloud Atlas Volume II - Contains 196 pages of photographs, 161 of which are in color, accompanied by concise yet detailed captions - World Meteorological Organization, 1987 (PDF 10.3MB 212 pages)
Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale - NESIS characterizes and ranks high-impact Northeast (United States) snowstorms. It has five categories: Extreme, Crippling, Major, Significant, and Notable. The index differs from other meteorological indices in that it uses population information in addition to meteorological measurements. Thus NESIS gives an indication of a storm's societal impacts.
Online Meteorology Guide: Clouds and Precipitation - University of Illinois
Precipitation Estimates, Part 1: Measurement - This is part one of a two-module series on estimation of observed precipitation. Through use of illustrations, animations, and interactions, this module provides an overview of the science of precipitation estimation using various measuring platforms. First, we define quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) and examine technologies for remote sensing of QPE, including radar and satellite and the strengths and limitations of each. That is followed by an examination of the use of rain gauges for precipitation estimation and important issues to consider with rain gauge measurement. - COMET MetEd
Rain Gauge Calibration Tables- For use with the 260-2595 Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge Calibrator.
Rain Gauges: Are They Really Ground Truth? - Covers issues surrounding the accuracy of rain gauges and what factors to consider when evaluating rain gauge data. Presented by Nolan Doesken, Assistant State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University.
Relative Catches of Snow in Shielded and Unshielded Gages at Different Wind Speeds - By Leonard L. Weiss, Hydrologic Services Division, U.S. Weather Bureau, Monthly Weather Review, October 1961 (PDF 297KB)
Shielded Storage Precipitation Gages - By J. Cecil Alter, U.S. Weather Bureau, Monthly Weather Review, July 1937 (PDF 2.52MB)
SNOTEL Data Collection Network Fact Sheet - The Natural Resources Conservation Service installs, operates, and maintains an extensive automated system called SNOTEL (for SNOwpack TELemetry) to collect snowpack and related climatic data in the Western United States. The high-elevation watershed locations and the broad coverage of the network provide important data collection opportunities to researchers, water managers, and emergency managers.
Snow Measurement Guidelines - National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program (PDF 305KB 14 pages)
Snow Rain Equivalents - This brief article from Weatherwise Magazine's Weather Queries column discusses the various factors that can affect the ratio of snow depth to water-equivalent depth.
Snowfall to Estimated Meltwater Conversion Table - Excerpt from Surface Weather Observing (FAA Order 7900.5B 5/11/01)
Standard Rain Gage - National Weather Service training module describes the four major components of the 8-inch non-recording standard rain gage (SRG), installation and exposure of the gage, the use of wind shields, and measuring snowfall. Also compares the SRG with other types of rain collectors.
Why is the word "precipitation" used as the label for rain, snow, and hail? - From the University of Wyoming.