snowmelt

noun
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 Glaciers are still slowly sliding down the volcanoes that formed these mountains, the snowmelt creating lush alpine meadows, fragrant huckleberry fields, and open slopes where deer of both varieties spend their summers. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "3 Blacktail Hunts for the Earliest Fall Bucks," 14 Aug. 2020 Colorado’s rivers and streams are still filled with plenty of cold, rushing water from this season’s snowmelt. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s snowpack is nearly gone, which is not a good sign for fire season," 23 June 2020 Yet that same ground filters rainfall and snowmelt that feeds an expansive network of rivers and small streams that make up the watershed of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 Yet that same ground filters rainfall and snowmelt that feeds an expansive network of rivers and small streams that make up the watershed of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 The unpaid bills are for stormwater services, which handle runoff of stormwater and snowmelt into the department’s sewer system. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit water sues over port authority's $1.1M unpaid bill, but keeps water on," 9 July 2020 Yet that same ground filters rainfall and snowmelt that feeds an expansive network of rivers and small streams that make up the watershed of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 Yet that same ground filters rainfall and snowmelt that feeds an expansive network of rivers and small streams that make up the watershed of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. Popular Science, "The battle over Alaska’s Pebble Mine is about to get more dramatic," 8 June 2020 Landslides can be triggered by rainfall, snowmelt, changes in water level, stream erosion, changes in groundwater, earthquakes, volcanic activity, or disturbance by human activities. Fox News, "Norway landslide sweeps 8 houses into sea, dog swims to safety," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of snowmelt

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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26 Aug 2020

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“Snowmelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowmelt. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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snowmelt

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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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