2015-2016 snowpack comparison: What a difference a year makes

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Water and Climate Update
January 28, 2016

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

2015-2016 snowpack comparison: What a difference a year makes

We are currently about halfway through the snow accumulation season in the West.  A comparison of snowpack conditions now versus those of a year ago reveals some significant contrasts.  The areas circled in red are particularly notable.

In the Cascades and Sierra, there was virtually little to no snow in 2015, whereas this year, snowpacks are near to above normal.

Similarly, snowpacks were well below normal in the Southwest (including the circled area of Arizona but also parts of Utah and Colorado to the north) in 2015, whereas now they are above normal.

In Wyoming, we see the opposite contrast.  Near to above normal snowpacks in 2015 are well below normal this year.   Open the report>>