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Variation in Rainfall over Short Distances at the Cloquet Forest Experiment Station

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In the older European forestry literature there are many references to the influence of forests on rainfall. Rain gauges were established in forests and in contiguous open areas. Higher catches of rainfall in the forests were interpreted as showing that forests increase rainfall. A statistical analysis of the rainfall catches in the forest and in open areas in northern Minnesota indicates that variations in rainfall as large as 30 or 40 percent, but still having no statistical significance, occur within short distances. Consequently, the older data on the influence of forests on rainfall should be used only with the greatest circumspection if indeed they should be used at all.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Minnesota

Publication date: 1939-10-01

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