snow·​melt | \ˈsnō-ˌmelt \

Definition of snowmelt 

: runoff produced by melting snow

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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 As summer arrives, snowmelt will uncover the Pacific Crest Trail out of 8,652-foot Carson Pass, one of the better PCT trailheads for easy hikes to pretty lakes. Tom Stienstra,, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 2018 The lake was formed about 7,700 years ago, when the 12,000-foot Mount Mazama erupted and, within 48 hours, collapsed leaving in its wake a gaping crater that filled with rainfall and snowmelt. Julie H. Case, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon’s volcanic byway offers views of where lava shaped the land," 22 May 2018 Montana flooding: Record snowmelt and big spring rains have been causing flooding across parts of Montana. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Another delightful evening and remaining wonderful on Wednesday," 8 May 2018 Rivers and streams will continue to rise due to the rain and snowmelt and river flooding is likely to persist into the latter portion of the week, according to the weather service. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "High water closes roads, streams rise to flood stage throughout southeastern Wisconsin," 20 Feb. 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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