snowpack


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snowpack

[′snō‚pak]
(hydrology)
The amount of annual accumulation of snow at higher elevations in the western United States, usually expressed in terms of average water equivalent.
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The snowpack is also looking very good right now considering the trend in the first half of February when the hills were not gaining, but losing snowpack, says Garner.
Nature's reservoir - snowpack - is also cause for optimism.
Snow from the Sierra Nevada snowpack provides water for California and parts of Nevada as it melts and fills reservoirs in the warmer months.
In the new study, they added snowpack data to the mix and analyzed regional records collected from 1980 to 2012 for the relationships among soil moisture, snow, and precipitation.
While the snow melt this cold March has been gradual, the NERFC in its April 1 briefing says there is a chance of some flooding this spring as the deep snowpack in southern Vermont melts.
The snowpack maps enabled them to achieve near-perfect water operations during the driest year in California history.
As in Oregon, which depends on Cascade Range winter snowpack for much of the water in the populous Willamette Valley, there may be significant impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, hydropower, industry, municipalities and recreation, especially in summer when water demands peak.
Snowpack was not significantly different when comparing the sets of years in which each predator was dominant ([t.
Mountain snowpack is a natural reservoir in most of the West--the winter's precipitation is held in the high country and metered out through the spring, summer and early fall.
Recent modeling work has suggested that sediment delivery from permafrost catchments may increase with projected warming and increased snowpack (Syvitski, 2002), but many uncertainties remain regarding the response of fluvial systems to future changes (Woo and McCann, 1994).
The snowpack is a very dynamic thing," says Jeff Dozier.