This living snow fence
design uses two 8-row strips of standing corn placed
150-ft apart. The corn rows are 2150-ft long and protect
an S-shaped north-south section of TH 22 just north of
Gaylord, MN in Sibley County.
Steps used to design a living
snow fence given the climatological and topographic characteristics
at this site:
Identify the snowfall
over the snow accumulation season (SAS).
Determine the prevailing
winter wind direction by looking at: prevailing wind direction
for October - March and the direction of predominant snow
Determine fetch distance
for this site.
Identify the snow
water equivalent (SWE).
Calculate the mean seasonal
snow transport, based on snowfall over the snow accumulation
Calculate storage capacity,
based on fence porosity and height.
Determine the angle
of the prevailing wind with the road.
Run model to get proper
setback distance for fence.