snow·melt | \ˈsnō-ˌmelt \

Definition of snowmelt 

: runoff produced by melting snow

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Montana flooding: Record snowmelt and big spring rains have been causing flooding across parts of Montana. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Another delightful evening and remaining wonderful on Wednesday," 8 May 2018 Rivers and streams will continue to rise due to the rain and snowmelt and river flooding is likely to persist into the latter portion of the week, according to the weather service. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "High water closes roads, streams rise to flood stage throughout southeastern Wisconsin," 20 Feb. 2018 Scientists say climatic shifts, however, are bringing less snow to the Sierra Nevada and less snowmelt to Mono Lake. Louis Sahagun,, "A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.," 5 July 2018 Shasta gets two-thirds of its water from rain, one-third from snow and has been above 90 percent capacity for a month — just as the snowmelt begins on 14,179-foot Mount Shasta. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "NorCal lakes heat up for boating, fishing, camping," 6 May 2018 Waterfalls: With warm weather jump-starting snowmelt early this week, creeks are high and waterfalls are at peak. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "High lakes, camp openings crown Memorial Day outlook," 24 May 2018 The ponds that retain water from the snowmelt in the mountains dry up and the herd’s gestation cycles get thrown off. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 The ideal time to visit is during the summer months, when peak snowmelt takes place. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 Spongy wet trail betrayed the presence of icy ground underneath that acted like a sheet of plastic, not allowing winter's snowmelt to drain away. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018

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circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snowmelt

: water from melting snow that flows over the surface of the ground into streams and rivers

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