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

Definition of snowmelt

: runoff produced by melting snow

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But Anchorage has plenty of water in its system, unlike a handful of small communities like Nanwalek and Seldovia that rely on snowmelt and rain to fill their reserves. Rachel D’oro,, "Alaska’s hot, dry summer leads to droughts in some areas," 7 Sep. 2019 The Mississippi River, which runs through the city, has been engorged for months as snowmelt and rainfall make their way down from the Midwest. Fox News, "New Orleans residents stunned by severe flooding as tropical system strengthens," 11 July 2019 The Great Lakes generally rise with the snowmelt and rainstorms of spring and dip during later dry spells. Washington Post, "Rising waters in the Great Lakes puts endangered shorebird at greater risk," 17 June 2019 Swimming is possible here because the boiling hot spring water meets the cold snowmelt of the river, bringing it to a bearable temperature. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 The water is still clear snowmelt, the air sweet smelling and crystalline. Agatha French, Orange County Register, "Lake Tahoe: The jewel of the Sierras shines bright," 21 Aug. 2019 Like many waterways in the Midwest, increased snowmelt and rain in March caused the Missouri River to overtop the levee systems that protected small towns and farmland nestled along its snake-like channel. NBC News, "Flooded out, farmers find work rebuilding the levees that failed them," 19 Aug. 2019 Barry came early for a Louisiana cyclone, arriving when the Mississippi, which rises every spring with snowmelt and rainfall in the northern states and Canada, was still swollen. The Economist, "A new threat to New Orleans," 26 July 2019 Floodwater also invaded the town of around 660 residents after drenching March storms that hastened snowmelt and caused widespread, devastating flooding in much of eastern Nebraska. Washington Post, "Woman in Nebraska dies when her vehicle is swept by flooding," 10 July 2019

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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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