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Official Snowfall Amount

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by computerguy, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. computerguy

    computerguy Member
    Messages: 88

    OK, I price my contracts based on snowfall amounts. Is there any website I can go to for "Official" Snowfall totals. I don't want to overbill customers but I don't want to shortchange myself for time/work.
  2. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    I don't know where you can go to find official depths, but I measure each drive 3 times, and average.
  3. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Accuweather professional can do it for you. You have to subscribe. However, you can also get totals for the last 12 months just going to their website.


    Only bad thing is that they get their information from official National Weather sites, and sometimes they can't get the town you're actually working in, but the closest reporting site will come up (and be identified as such).
  4. Chopper14225

    Chopper14225 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    National Weather Service. I found the monthly snowfall totals for Buffalo for the last fifty years
  5. NCL

    NCL Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I measure at the end of the night either at the site or my house and take a picture of it with a polariod or digital camera and send a copy in with the bill. Computerguy did you get my pm?
  6. ShannonS

    ShannonS Member
    from IOWA
    Messages: 96

    Hey thats a good idea about using the picture for your bill. I like that, but what if you just stick the ruler in a drift? Or do you just pick a spot away from the lot like in a grass area? You know a place that wouldn't't be disturbed?
  7. NAC

    NAC Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    snow total

    Yes go to the web site for Ion Weather they are based in NJ (Morristown) they have a service that you pay for $250 for the year and they send you the totals after every storm I just signed up for it too.
  8. Hamptonplow

    Hamptonplow Member
    Messages: 42

    In my contracts I state that I am the sole source used in determining snow depth, and that I include substantial drifting. Snow moved is snow moved, I don't care if it comes from the sky or the field next door.

    If the snow amount is right around one of my higher price break points, I usually give the benefit of the doubt to the customer. In over five years, I've not had a dispute with any of my customers with regard to snow fall amounts.
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I have plowed the same snowstorm where there is a difference of 3 inches of accumulation in 12 miles. The question would be where is an official accumulation measured. If you are plowing during a snowfall do you measue when you get there or 2 hours later when you leave? Points to ponder.
  10. NCL

    NCL Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    shannons i pick a spot on the grass that was undisturbed. I'll stick the ruler in a couple different spots and take a picture of the deepest.
  11. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    We go by the closest(location) official NWS reported snow depth total. In our area, a stick in the grass wouldn't work. I could measure 1/2" in one spot and 5 feet on the other side of the lot due to drifting and blowing. And thats just on a 6" snow. The last 13.5" snow we had one lot that had 7' drifts on the back side of the building. just find a method thats fair to both you and the customer and state the method of measurement in the contract.
  12. computerguy

    computerguy Member
    Messages: 88

    More contract stuff and snow depth

    Well, thats what I did this time. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Made a little less money but I think earned a lot of credibility. Besides, 3" or 5" or 5.5" It takes me the same amount of time, so it seemed fair to charge the lower price. I sleep well at night knowing I am not screwing anyone over. :sleeping:

    I'll have to put that in next years contract about me determining the snow depth.