snowpack

noun
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 As the climate warms, though, that crucial snowpack is dwindling. oregonlive, 18 June 2021 Climate change is reducing the snowpack that feeds both. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 The winter’s low snowpack, while a deeply troubling sign of the state’s drought, is a windfall for high-country visitors as snow melts off wilderness trails nearly a month early compared to many years. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2021 But this year, relentless heat and dry conditions have evaporated the already below-average snowpack on the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains that supply the reservoir, bringing the lake's water levels to previously unseen lows. Jon Schlosberg, ABC News, 10 June 2021 Last week, 98% of you knew that poor snowpack; hot, dry soil; and weak precipitation all factor into Utah’s worsening drought. Rebekah Wahlberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021 This year, though, an already paltry snowpack has melted off at breakneck speed. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Colorado straddles one of the fastest-warming regions in the U.S. and climate impacts like record wildfires, dwindling snowpack, and severe drought are already harming its economy and communities. Energy Innovation: Policy And Technology, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The massive snowpack Up North combined with heavy rain caused massive flooding that damaged the park's roads, structures and water lines, closing it for about six months. Mark Boswell, Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of snowpack

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2021

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“Snowpack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowpack. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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