snow·pack | \ˈsnō-ˌpak \

Definition of snowpack 

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

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The winter of 2016-2017 was especially wet in California but the California Department of Water Resources on April 2 of this year reported the water content of the snowpack was just 51 percent of average. Rob Nikolewski,, "Heat wave puts Southern California power grid under pressure," 5 July 2018 The California Department of Water Resources found last month that the water content in the Sierra snowpack was about half its historical average for the beginning of April despite late winter storms. Lauren Tierney, Washington Post, "Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California’s freshwater," 9 May 2018 But years with a meager snowpack may cause quite a few mosquitoes to freeze and die during frigid weather. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Only female mosquitoes bother us (and other facts about the insects Alaskans love to hate)," 7 July 2018 The Klamath Basin, like much of Southern Oregon, had a drier-than-usual winter, with snowpack at 55 percent of normal by April 1, 46 percent of normal by May 1 and completely melted by June 1. George Plaven, The Seattle Times, "Klamath farmers, ranchers get 2018 operations plan," 26 June 2018 Some portions of the snowpack soar above seven feet, and the entire thing culminates in a drop-off much steeper than Mount Marathon's slope. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 California had accumulated less than a quarter of its normal snowpack for the year before last week’s storm. Washington Post, "Storm leaves California with just 39 percent average snow," 5 Mar. 2018 With snowpack this year down by a third, threatening drought, the Colorado suits also allege that oil companies are responsible in part for harm brought to the local agriculture sector and to the area’s ski industry. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 In the mountains, waterfalls will run flush into July as the snowpack eventually starts to melt. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California’s 12 splashiest waterfalls," 17 May 2018

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circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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