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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Also, to make sound water management decisions, it is essential that the SWE of the snowpack is accurately estimated.
Department of Agriculture, looked at what happens to trees when snowpack declines.
One winter of above-average snowpack does not change the fact that the Southwest remains one or two dry winters away from once again teetering toward a shortage declaration.
Therefore, streamflow variation in the WUS has strong correlation with changes in snowpack accumulation and rainfall and has obvious seasonal variation [11-14].
The snowpack in the Central Cascades is well above normal, according to data from the U.S.
It wasn't one or two particularly heavy atmospheric river storms that pulled California out of a drought, increased snowpack and (http://ibtimes.com/california-oroville-dam-flooding-numbers-how-much-will-damage-cost-how-many-people-2491042) caused flooding .
SAR backscattering from a snow-covered area depends on (1) sensor parameters, which include frequency, polarization, and viewing geometry, and (2) snowpack and ground parameters, which include snow density, liquid water content, particle size and shape of water and ice, and surface roughness parameters [7].
While the downpours have been most welcome, there has not been as much snow, and the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is critical to California's total water supply.
Officials said Sunday that continuing snowfall and strong winds have made the snowpack unstable and natural and human-triggered snow slides are likely.
And while both acknowledge they were having a good time, they were also gathering information that could provide needed information on snow depth and the amount of water it holds, to provide clues on whether there will be any flooding this spring as this year's massive snowpack continues to melt.