snow·​pack | \ ˈsnō-ˌpak How to pronounce snowpack (audio) \

Definition of snowpack

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

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One factor that might help: Above-average snowpack across much of the West means there should be plenty of cheap hydropower available as temperatures rise. Sammy Roth,, "After Aliso Canyon, a gas pipeline exploded — and Californians lost $1 billion," 11 July 2019 Warmer temperatures increase evaporation from soils and water bodies, and increase sublimation from snowpacks – direct conversion of snow and ice into fog or steam, without melting first. John Fleck, The Conversation, "Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future," 10 July 2019 Normally, Colorado’s snowpack fully melts off by the third or fourth week of June. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado snowpack is still lingering in mid-July. This hasn’t happened in nearly a decade.," 10 July 2019 Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches during the winter that downed spruce and aspen trees in numerous areas – a collective event that White National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams says may occur once every 300 years. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Unlike previous summers, Colorado is in the middle of a snowmelt from a once-every-20-years snowpack. Patricia Cameron, The Know, "10 of the best spots to fish in Colorado," 22 June 2019 No flooding is currently expected in northern Colorado, but there are places with a threat in the south where there was a larger snowpack. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sunny skies and warmer temperatures continue with possibility of more rain showers," 13 June 2019 This time of the year, the river can be fast-moving and cold as the Sierra snowpack melts and flows into streams. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "A river, a motorcycle and concern over a writer’s disappearance during a test ride," 12 June 2019 Somewhere between these phases of order and catastrophe lies a particular snowpack where anything goes: The next disturbance could set off a trickle, an avalanche or something in between. Quanta Magazine, "Do Brains Operate at a Tipping Point? New Clues and Complications," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of snowpack

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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