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April 10, 2016

North Cascade Winter Snowpack 2016, 33rd Field Season Approaches

This 2016 winter has proved much different than in 2015.  In 2015 exceptional warmth led to record low snowpack despite above average precipitation.  The warmth is illustrated using the North American Freezing Level Tracker for our Sholes Glacier site. The highest mean level by far is 2015, 500 m above average versus 180 m above average this winter.  The low snowpack combined with a long warm melt season in 2015 …