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Connecting families to winter in the wild

February 24, 2021 |

A key element in Basecamp Cascadia programs is not only adventure and self-discovery, but to give back to the land in a meaningful way.

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SnowPilot: An easy way to plot and share snowpit data

January 21, 2021 |

SnowPilot is open-source, free software that allows users to graph, record, and share database snowpit information.

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Community reflections

November 20, 2020 |

Community: it’s a word that several of us begin typing into a shared document as our team completes a group exercise to define our core values. It’s also the first word we chose to describe our organization four years ago.

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A legacy of snow science community: 40-years gamma SWE record

November 9, 2020 |

In the western U.S., 85% of freshwater runoff originates as snowmelt. In the north-central and northeast U.S., most significant floods of the 20th century were directly related to snowmelt. Thus, accurate, timely estimates of the snowpack are required to help monitor and manage seasonal snow and melt.

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Measure the snow depth in your (actual) backyard with CoCoRaHS

October 9, 2020 |

While CSO collects valuable measurements from volunteers in the backcountry, NOAA is in vital need of accurate snow measurements from your house. Snowfall is just as variable where you live as it is in the high country, and you can collect measurements right from your own back yard and help make a difference.