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RBC — The first snow survey of the winter was conducted on Jan. 30 at the snow survey sites on the upper White River Basin.
The White River snow pack water equivalent (snow moisture) is 141 percent of what it was in 2007 at this time of the year. Overall, the White River snow pack is at 97 percent of the 30-year average snow moisture at this point in the year.
Looking at total precipitation for the 2008 water year (Oct. 1, 2007 to present), the White River Basin is at 113 percent of the 30-year average. The average peak accumulation of snow in the upper White River Basin occurs in mid to late April. The current snow pack is approximately 50 percent of the average peak accumulation. With ample time remaining in the 2008 winter season, water managers will need to closely monitor the snow pack.
Fred Cummings and Andy Keep of the Natural Resources Conservation Service measured the snow.