How can I get current snow depth?

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The only API call I can find which returns any information about snow depth is 'history' - is snow depth returned anywhere else?

Ideally I'd like to query for current snow depth, or depth within the past so-and-so hours, instead of just a summary for a particular day in history.
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Posted 7 years ago

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Snow depth is a tough one. Not all stations register snow depth, and certainly not any PWS stations. Even the stations that do report snow depth don't report it in all of the obs they send, so we're not always showing the current snow depth.
http://www.wunderground.com/history/a...
(snow was only reported at 1 time today, as being 4 inches)

We're looking for a way to make this better, but don't have a solution at the moment.
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Thanks for the quick reply! Let me describe a little more what I'm doing, maybe there's another way.

I've got an app which displays a scenic landscape, and I'm currently using 'hourly' to grab the next 36 hours of conditions, and form that I display an appropriate amount of clouds, rain/snowfall, and lightning (changing every hour).

I can cover the ground with snow if I want, but currently I cover it based on how much it is snowing at this moment. So if there's heavy snow falling, everything on the ground looks white. Light snow means everything looks grassy with a little bit of white. All conditions not involving snow look grassy.

The problem is that a condition of Overcast doesn't really mean there's no snow on the ground. My app shows green even though there's a half a foot of snow outside right now. So I was thinking I should really key how snowy the ground looks based on snow depth, not current snowy conditions.

It sounds like you don't think that will be very reliable, so maybe I should just keep track of how often it has snowed recently, and make the ground look snowy if there have been several snowy conditions in the past few hours/days.

Any other thoughts?
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I think you're going to have better results keeping track yourself, its a smart way to go. It sounds like you can get away with skewing the data, so its not like you need to accurately show 6 inches of snow, but you want the ground to be white in your scene. I'd suggest keeping track of the snow history, and then employ some temperatures or variables to clear the snow. If it rains and temp is a certain threshold the snow will go away, if it rains but is close to freezing the snow will stay but have ice on top. I'd imagine this will be tough to maintain, like cities where snow can stay all winter, you might end up accidentally clearing your snow scene too early, but you'll be on the right path. You could also add a feedback button for "is the snow accurate" or something, which could help you generate metrics of indicators about user perception of snow.
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Looks like I'll go that route. Thanks for the advice!
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Richard Hunter

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My Davis VantageVue allows me to manually insert snow depths.  Is there a way for Wunderground to "see" and display that data?
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Has there been any update to this? Is it now easier to get the Snow Depth using the API?

Thanks!