Can your group accurately predict the amount of snow that we will have in the Northern Sierra Mountains this year? How about the snow/water equivalent? Send SnowSchool your prediction and you could win a prize! The closest prediction 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 group 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 group 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 Mt Rose SNOTEL station click the picture of the station below:
View the interactive map of SNOTEL stations in the Northern Sierra Mountains:
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 Nevada. 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 40 years of snowpack data below-