Can your classroom make an accurate prediction about the amount of snow we will have in the Plumas National Forest 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.
Specifically, SnowSchool wants to know your prediction for the maximum snow water equivalent measurement over the course of the winter at nearby Pilot Peak Weather Station (in the Plumas National Forest). You’ll see below that we’ve provided a graph with historical snow data. For example, last year’s maximum snow equivalent for the winter was 76.55 inches. So look at this years graph and all the other years and come up with a prediction of your own! One prediction (snow water equivalent) per class please (this should be one number in inches).
Example: Prediction for Ms. Smith’s Class- 50 inch snow water equivalent
Having trouble remembering the definition of snow water equivalent? Big name, simple concept. Imagine if you instantaneously melted all the snow sitting on the ground at the Pilot Peak weather station, well the depth of the melted water sitting on the ground would be the snow water equivalent. Its the same thing as snow water content, and this link provides a good explanation.
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!
View the interactive map of weather stations in the Upper Feather River Watershed:
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 California. 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 over 35 years of snowpack data below-