Snow depth well above nor­mal

The Sault Star - - NEWS -

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.

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