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Community reflections

By Anthony Arendt | 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

By Eunsang Cho | 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

By Noah Newman | 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.

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2019–2020 Winter Season Summary

By Katreen Wikstrom Jones | June 9, 2020 |

Despite the unpleasant end to the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere due to COVID-19 pandemic, and that left many of us asking “To go or not to go into the backcountry?”, there were many wonderful things that happened to the Community Snow Observations project during the winter of 2019/2020.

NASA SNOWEX / CSO Collaboration

By David Hill | January 29, 2020 |

Measuring snow depth with a probe may not feel like rocket science, but it helps out NASA, so it actually is.