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Latest snow depth reading

Wednesday, April 16, 2014   by: Kate Adams

North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

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Winter is hanging on so the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority is still out in the field, assessing the snow pack as part of its flood

The good news is that although the recent snow fall has added to the snow pack, recent mild temperatures and rainfall have decreased the water content considerably.

Chippewa Creek Watershed snow depth has decreased by 36cm, whereas the water content has dropped 9.5cm.

La Vase River Watershed snow depth has decreased by 30cm, whereas the water content has dropped 8.0cm.

And finally the Wasi River Watershed snow depth has decreased by 17cm, whereas the water content has dropped to 4.0cm.

Starting Thursday temperatures are forecasted to climb to above zero which will cause continued melting of the snow. This increase in temperature will also be accompanied by rain which will help to bring spring-like conditions to the area.

Snow is measured for depth and water equivalence at three locations in the watershed. Data for the season can be found on the NBMCA website at www.nbmca.on.ca.

North Bay Golf and Country Club (Chippewa Creek Watershed, North Bay)

Current Average Snow Depth for April 15, 2014 25.3 cm (586% of normal)

Current Average Water Equivalence for April 15, 2014 6.6 cm (401% of normal)

Average Snow Depth for April 15, 2013 25.2 cm

Highest recorded snow depth for April 15 since 1988 28.7 cm in 1996

Corbeil Conservation Area (La Vase River Watershed, Corbeil)

Current Average Snow Depth for April 15, 2014 31.0 cm (780% of normal)

Current Average Water Equivalence for April 15, 2014 5.3 cm (375% of normal)

Average Snow Depth for April 15, 2013 23.7 cm

Highest recorded snow depth for April 15 since 1987 33.1 cm in 1992

Shirley Skinner Conservation Area (Wasi River Watershed, Chisholm)

Current Average Snow Depth for April 15, 2014 36.8 cm (519% of normal)

Current Average Water Equivalence for April 15, 2014 4.9 cm (132% of normal)

Highest recorded snow depth for April 15 since 2006

26.4 cm36.8 cm in 2014

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