B.C.’s snowpack well below normal levels

By John Arendt
The Abbotsford News
May 29, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Snow levels in British Columbia are well below normal levels, according to the most recent data from the province. The May 15 snow survey and water supply bulletin, released by the province last week, showed the provincial snowpack is at 57% of normal levels across the province. The May 1 data was 66% of normal. On average, around 17% of the seasonal snowpack had melted by May 15, but this year, 31 per cent of the peak snowpack had melted by that date. This was the result of low elevation melt in April and warm weather from May 9 to 12. …The Vancouver Island snowpack was at 34% of normal as of May 15, while the Stikine snowpack was at 101% of normal. This was the only snow pack reporting above-normal levels. Because of the low snowpack in much of the province, reduced flood risk is expected. In addition, there is an increased risk of drought this year.

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