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Snowpack levels above normal
Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year.
Snowpack plays an important role in supplying water to fill our reservoirs during spring melt. Snow pack readings were taken by GVW Feb 3, at three monitoring stations near the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs.
These readings show the snow water equivalent, or water content of the snow, at 110% of average for this time of year.
GVW also tracks snow depth and found levels to be at 113 % of average. GVW also measures water storage in the Duteau Creek Reservoirs. As of Feb 3, the stored water volume is above average.
According to the BC River Forecast Centre, February snowpack levels are at 88% of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes our Kalamalka Lake water source.
The South Thompson Basin, which includes the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs, was recorded at 96% of normal.
Although the readings gathered by GVW staff are slightly above the BC River Forecast Centre, the combined readings show a close to average year for snow levels.
The BC River Forecast Centre also predicts near normal stream runoff in the Okanagan, and normal temperatures and precipitation for spring and summer. GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies.
Updates will be reported as they are received via media releases, in local newspapers, and also online at www.rdno.ca.
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