Can your classroom accurately predict how quickly the snow will melt in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah this year? Send SnowSchool your prediction and you could win a prize for your entire classroom! The closest class wins the prize!! Winners will be announced in the spring.
Review the information below (drag your cursor over the graph to see what day the snow melted to 0 inches in years past)
Then send your prediction to Katie Burbank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Specifically, SnowSchool wants to know your prediction for what the date this spring the snow depth graph will finally show 0 inches of snow (this means that all the snow at that spot has finally melted). One prediction (date) per class please.
Example: Prediction for Ms. Smith’s Class- May 15 2018
Once you make your prediction your class name will be added to this page below and you will be able to track and compare your prediction to the live snowpack graph as it melts each week of the winter!
To view the webpage for the Mill-D North SNOTEL station click the picture of the station below:
View the interactive map of SNOTEL stations in the mountains of Utah:
Want to learn more about SNOTEL and the connection between mountain snow and water?
HISTORICAL SNOWPACK DATA: Its important to keep track of snow, how much of it there is in the mountains because mountain snow is our source of water in Utah. If we have less snow than normal, we could have less water available for people to use. In making your prediction you will want to look at what happened in previous years (see graphs below), how much snow and snow/water equivalent we have on the ground right now (above graph), any data you collected during your SnowSchool field trip, and historical/forecasted weather. To help with your predictions we’ve compiled 30 years of snowpack data below-
Last 4 winters-
All available snowpack data from every winter since 1986: