Black Hills snowpack holds more moisture - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills snowpack holds more moisture


by Jack Siebold, MyTown Editor

The moisture in the Black Hills snowpack is not only better than last year, it beats the 30-year average according to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The NRCS just released the report on the Black Hills Snow Course Monday.  All 10 of the sites recorded show the current snow water equivalent inches above last year.  Some areas are double or even four times better than last year's moisture content.

Examples are Upper Spearfish where the current snow water equivalent is 8.5 inches; and Reuter Canyon, near Sundance, Wyo., with 8.6 inches of moisture.  Both areas are almost four times the moisture level of last year.

When compared to the 30-year moisture average, all but one of the course readings are anywhere from 107 percent to 193 percent.  The only site below the average is Cole Canyon, also near Sundance.  But it isn't far off, at 93 percent of the 30-year average; and still double last year.

The snow course surveys are done to get a handle on forecasting water supplies as well as the risk of drought.

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