Definition of snowmelt
: runoff produced by melting snow
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Increasing Sierra snowmelt caused the Kings River to overflow near the Central Valley town of Kingsburg on Friday night, forcing mandatory evacuations.
And all the snowmelt going on is causing rivers to run high — as high as twice the normal for this time of year!
Rare snowmelt from the Granite Range, also north of the playa, added to the flooding.
The adjustments are possible because less snowmelt is flowing into upstream reservoirs.
While officials celebrated an end to drought in much of California, the snowmelt is so dangerous that park rangers fear its impact on the crowded park that drew a record five million people last year, when four people drowned.
And in Wyoming, officials have placed sandbags and flood barriers to protect homes and public infrastructure from rivers and streams swollen with the snowmelt.
The field was actually many fields, inundated by snowmelt and rain.
Hochard also suggests floaters with little to no experience wait until July and August to hit the river because that’s usually when the snowmelt slows down and waters are a bit calmer.
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Definition of snowmelt for English Language Learners
: water from melting snow that flows over the surface of the ground into streams and rivers
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