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

Definition of snowpack

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

Examples of snowpack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, the snowpack was more than 100 percent of normal, but the flow was only 50 percent. Jim Robbins, Wired, 25 June 2022 But by April, at the end of this year's wet season, California's snowpack was only 4% of normal. Stephanie Elam, CNN, 4 May 2022 In the northern part of the state, snowpack was 60%. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2022 The central and southern Sierra performed slightly better, with snowpack levels each at 42% of average. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2022 Chelsea Peters, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Las Vegas explained Intermountain West snowpack, or lack thereof, can have cascading impacts on southwestern states, especially if snowpack levels are below average for several years in a row. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 As snowpack declines in many places, Minehart said, the consequences can be dire for Tour Divide riders, who prefer to filter water along the way instead of carrying gallons of water that can slow them down. New York Times, 4 July 2022 The Golden State’s great drying has already begun to reduce snowpack, worsen wildfires and dry out soils, and researchers say that trend will likely continue, along with the widespread loss of trees and other significant shifts. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Over the long-term, climate change is reducing snowpack in the West, according to Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. Michael Phillis,, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snowpack

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowpack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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