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Greater Yellowstone Microclimates and Citizen Science in the Tetons

By Landung (Don) Setiawan | May 1, 2018 |

The snow line in the southern Tetons climbs visibly higher each day as if the 17/18 ski season is waving us goodbye. Bare ground was present within Jackson’s city limits for most of the winter, but the Snake River basin’s snow water equivalent (SWE) stacked up to 112 % of the running average (calculated by the Natural Resource conservation Service, NRCS).

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Using Citizen Science Snow Depth Measurements in Snowpack Modeling

By Ryan Crumley | December 5, 2017 |

After snow depth measurements are recorded by CSO participants, we’ve developed a way to integrate those observations into the process of snowpack modeling. Snow models use data from weather stations and landscape characteristics to build a snowpack during the winter and melt it away when the weather gets warmer in spring and summer.