Snow depth well above normal
NORTH BAY — It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone looking out the window, but there’s a lot more snow out there than normal for this time of the year, according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
In a release issued Monday, the agency confirmed snow depth and water content “are way above the long-term average for this time of year.”
“The average snow depth for all sites is 22.8 cm (263 per cent normal) and average water equivalence is 41.7 mm (359 per cent normal),” said Joel Harrison, NBMCA’s water resources scientist.
The average snow depth was 11.7 cm and water equivalence was 29.3 mm for all sites in 2017.
Snow is measured for depth and water equivalence at three locations in the watershed.
At the North Bay Golf and Country Club (Chippewa Creek Watershed), the average snow depth for Dec. 1 was 8.6 cm, while the highest recorded snow depth for that date – before this year – was 11.9 cm in 2013.
This year there was 20.6 cm at that site.
Until December, 2011, that station was located at the former Northeast Mental Health Centre.
At the Corbeil Conservation Area (La Vase River Watershed, Corbeil), there was 20.4 cm as of Dec. 1, while on Dec. 1, 2017 there was 4.9 cm.
This year’s snowfall did not set a record there, though. That was set Dec. 1, 2008, when there was 43.4 cm of snow on the ground.
At the Shirley Skinner Conservation Area (Kaibuskong River Watershed, Chisholm), there was 27.4 cm of snow on the ground Dec. 1, compared to 7.5 cm a year earlier.
There, the highest recorded snow depth for the date was 43.7 cm in 2008.
Data for the season can be found on the NBMCA website at www. nbmca.ca.