#BlueRiver #snowpack stays below 30-year median — Summit Daily

Snow Water Equivalent in Blue from the NRCS. I believe the graph has some error the past few days. The peak was April 19, 2022 and the usual peak is April 22.

Click the link to read the article on the Summit Daily website (Eliza Noe). Here’s an excerpt:

As April comes to a close within the next week, snowpack for the Blue River remains below the median. Traditionally, snowpack begins to melt and trend downward in May. The 30-year median for the Blue River peaks on April 25 annually, with a steady downhill slope following for the rest of the summer. For weeks, snowpack measures for 2022 followed closely or mirrored the median but, toward the end of March into April, snowfall trailed behind, causing this year’s snowpack levels to trail, as well. Back in January, when local snowfall was high, 2022 even exceeded the median by several inches.

Precipitation in the Blue April 25, 2022 via the NRCS.

Overall, water year 2022 is in the 39th percentile for precipitation over the past three decades. According to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2022’s peak hit about a week early — on April 19 — stopping at a high of 15.7 inches of snowpack. Snow from this past weekend boosted the downward slope slightly from 14.1 to 14.5 inches, but levels are considerably lower than the median (86%). Still, 2022’s precipitation is ahead of last year, when snowpack levels for the Blue River never got above 13.5 inches.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map April 24, 2022 via the NRCS.

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