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

Definition of snowmelt

: runoff produced by melting snow

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The Times championed building the world’s longest aqueduct — 233 miles — to transport Sierra snowmelt to Los Angeles, a project that would infamously dry up rich Owens Valley farmlands and uproot many of its inhabitants. Joe Mozingo,, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 The contributions of rising temperatures to summer wildfire risk are intuitive: less snow, earlier snowmelt, faster evaporation of water from the environment, hotter and drier vegetation. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?," 24 Aug. 2018 The road is a rough dirt path dug into the valley’s northern wall, a steep treeless face that is rutted from the gushing snowmelt waterways of early summer. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 With many rivers fueled by spring snowmelt and others powered by periodic upstream dam releases, the water can be cold. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 Students and faculty have to be able to ski across glaciers all day with heavy packs, dig snow pits to observe the density and stratigraphy at varying depths, and collect snowmelt on tarps for drinking water. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018 But when the conditions are just right, heavy rainfall can combine with snowmelt to produce floods that are more catastrophic than the rainfall alone would cause. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A warmer world means a greater risk rain lands on snow, triggering floods," 12 Aug. 2018 Parts of the region have witnessed some of the driest conditions on record, amid a cycle of high temperatures and low snowmelt that appears to be getting worse, National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney said. Fox News, "Drought forces emergency measures for US West's wild horses," 23 July 2018 Climate change is bringing less snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains — and less snowmelt to Mono Lake. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: A new feud over Mono Lake's water," 5 July 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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