snow·​melt | \ ˈsnō-ˌmelt How to pronounce snowmelt (audio) \

Definition of snowmelt

: runoff produced by melting snow

Examples of snowmelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rainfall and snowmelt then wash all this sediment into river systems. Nikk Ogasa, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 It was fed by an occasional small tributary, snowmelt and rain. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 This striking increase in drought severity has been driven by several factors, including extremely low rainfall, warmer than typical historical temperatures and unusually rapid snowmelt in mountain areas. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 20 May 2021 He’s been watching as snowmelt, the primary water source for his acequias, continues a long-term decline. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 Water from the Feather River, which is heavily impacted by precipitation and snowmelt, feeds into the Oroville complex. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 As the heat accelerated snowmelt from the Brooks Range, the river overflowed and surged toward an elevated section of the pipeline 37 miles north of Coldfoot, a truck stop along the Dalton Highway. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 The presence of the flooding, the researchers wrote, suggests a warm and even humid Mars, one on which floods could have been caused by rains or snowmelt—though Mangold concedes that, for now, is mere speculation. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 7 Oct. 2021 Intense heat waves in the spring and early summer can accelerate snowmelt, sending icy waters cascading through communities. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of snowmelt

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowmelt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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