snow·​pack | \ˈsnō-ˌpak \

Definition of snowpack 

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

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An initially smooth snowpack sublimates at different rates in different spots, causing small pits to form in some places. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 The expert meteorologists at Open Snow crunched the data to see how the previous ten El Niños influenced the snowpack. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 Climate scientists have come up with a range of predictions for just how much hotter the Northwest summers will get and how much the winter snowpack will shrink. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?," 4 Sep. 2018 Westerling and his colleagues, on the other hand, used the last date of permanent snowpack. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?," 24 Aug. 2018 But a lower-than-average snowpack doesn't necessarily mean California's water supply is in dire shape as the state heads into summer. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "The Sierra snowpack has gotten bigger, but that was no 'March miracle' | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Apr. 2018 And experts have been hoping for a year like 1991, which had 18 percent of the historic average for snowpack on March 1 when the famous Miracle March happened. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yep, it’s nice rain — but it’s no ‘Miracle March,’ experts say," 21 Mar. 2018 January 2017 was a stark exception, when a strong El Niño flipped the ridge-trough pattern, dumping record-breaking rain and snowpack on California while the east enjoyed a mild month. Jennifer Francis, CBS News, "Is warming in the Arctic behind this year’s crazy winter weather?," 11 Jan. 2018 While precipitation has remained flat in recent years, the snowpack at ski resorts is shrinking. Jason Blevins, Outside Online, "What the Worst Winter in 60 Years Did to Ski Resorts," 23 May 2018

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circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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