Snowpack Prediction Contest: COTM SnowSchool
Can your classroom accurately predict the amount of snow that we will have in the mountains around Craters of the Moon (outside of Dubois ID) this year? How about the snow/water equivalent? 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.
Questions? Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Specifically, SnowSchool wants to know your prediction for the greatest snow depth measurement and the greatest snow/water equivalent measurement during the course of the entire winter at the mountain location described below. One prediction (snow and water) per class please (this should be two numbers both in inches).
Example: Prediction for Ms. Smith’s Class- 50 inch snow depth, 14.1 inch snow/water equivalent
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 grows (or melts) each week of the winter!
The above graph is updated every hour from the Crab Creek SNOTEL station. Click here to view a full page image of the graph.
To view the webpage for the Crab Creek SNOTEL station click the picture of the station below:
View the interactive map of SNOTEL stations in the mountains of Idaho:
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 Idaho. 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 decades of snowpack data below-
Some previous individual winters:
Winter 2015-16 (click to view in full screen)
Winter 2014-15 (click to view in full screen)
Winter 2013-14 (click to view in full screen)
All available snow data from every winter since 1981:
All data collected from the Crab Creek SNOTEL Station. Click to link to view additional years.
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