SNOWPACK PREDICTION CONTEST: DILLON RANGER DISTRICT 2018-19
Can your classroom accurately predict the amount of snow that we will have in the mountains of Colorado 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.
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. 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!
To view the webpage for the Snotel station click the picture below (this is where the snow data is collected):
Click to interactive map to see all the SNOTEL stations in CO!
Want to learn more about 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 Colorado. If we have less snow than normal, we could have less water available for people to use. As part of the SNOTEL snow survey, scientists have been keeping track of information at this site about the snowpack since 1981! 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), and any data you collected during your SnowSchool field trip. To help with your predictions we’ve compiled 35 years of snowpack data below:
Winters 2008 through 2018
All data starting in 1980 (during 2003, 2004 and 2007 the depth sensor malfunctioned creating obvious the errors seen below)
Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and
preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports
experience on public lands.