Snow Survey Readings for March 23 2017

Mar 24, 2017 -
Despite the reduction in the snow pack this past week, the water equivalency has increased and is above normal for this time of year at the three snow survey sites measured.

"Ideal weather conditions for a gradual melt are the same as for maple sap running - warm days and cold nights.  Warmer temperatures with sunshine and wind also help the snow pack evaporate and minimize the amount of water and surface runoff before the heavy spring rains arrive," said Joel Harrison, Water Resources Specialist.

Right now there is a hard icy crust on the snow so if there was any significant rainfall; it would run off instead of being absorbed by the snow pack.

NBMCA is now conducting its snow survey weekly in anticipation of the spring freshet.  The snow conditions, depth and water equivalency are considered together with ground conditions and expected rainfall in the forecasting of potential flooding.

Snow is measured for depth and water equivalence in North Bay, Corbel and Chisholm Twp.   The next snow survey date is March 31, 2017.

*North Bay Golf and Country Club (Chippewa Creek, North Bay)

Current Average Snow Depth for March 23, 2017 - 36.9 cm

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 23, 2017 - 16.1 cm 

*Data prior to Dec. 2011 collected at the former Northeast Mental Health Centre

Corbeil Conservation Area (La Vase River, Corbeil)

Current Average Snow Depth for March 23, 2017 - 35.5 cm 

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 23, 2017 -  13.5 cm 

Shirley Skinner Conservation Area (Kaibuskong River Watershed, Chisholm)

Current Average Snow Depth for March 23, 2017 - 39.8 cm

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 23, 2017 - 14.5 cm


Snow Survey Readings 1987-2017

For more information, contact:
Joel Harrison, Water Resources Specialist 705-474-5420
Sue Buckle, Supervisor Communications & Outreach 705-474-5420 ext. 2010