New NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack even before the snow falls

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New NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack even before the snow falls

(NOAA Headquarters) As farmers in the American West decide what, when and where to plant, and urban water managers plan for water needs in the next year, they want to know how much water their community will get from melting snow in the mountains.This melting snow comes from snowpack, the high elevation reservoir of snow which melts in the spring and summer. New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance.

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