#Snowpack in the West — @wradv

From Western Resource Advocated (Bart Miller @WaterBart). Click through and read the whole article for the in-depth look at western snowpack by state. Here’s an excerpt:

Snowpack in the West is essential to creating healthy flowing rivers that support recreation, tourism, and habitat for thousands of species. Communities also rely on the snowpack to fill reservoirs that supply cities and towns with a steady supply of drinking water all year-round.

Why is snowpack important to the West?

Snowpack in the West is essential to creating healthy flowing rivers that support recreation, tourism, and habitat for thousands of species. Communities also rely on the snowpack to fill reservoirs that supply cities and towns with a steady supply of drinking water year-round.

What are the major trends in snowpack in the West this year?

We can monitor how current snowpack will impact streamflow later in the year by measuring something called Snow Water Equivalent (SWE). SWE is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. The Natural Resources Conservation Service maps below show percentage of SWE on the first of every month compared to what has been considered normal over an almost 30-year period.

  • Any basin colored in red, orange, or yellow means there is currently less snowpack than what is considered normal.
  • Any basin colored in green or blue means there is currently the same or more snowpack than what is considered normal.
  • Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map May 3, 2018 via the NRCS.

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