February 18, 2023 NRCS Data collection and Snow Water Equivalent

The Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is not as optimistic as some would hope. Below is a screen shot taken from the NRCS interactive website. The color-coded points are the locations the SWE is measured. The percent value is compared with the peak based on the median peak which is calculated for the period of record.

The period of record minimum (when they started recording data) is shown below which varies from 1977 to 2005.

The period of record for the maximum is shown below. If the color of the dot changes than they are no longer collecting the peak data. It looks like a lot of sites are no longer being collected.

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