Snow cover disappeared at Summerland measurement sites – Keremeos Review

Summerland’s snowpack has now melted.

The latest snowpack measurements, as of May 15, showed no snow at Summerland Reservoir or Isintok Lake. Both sites are west of the community.

The Municipality of Summerland measures snow depth and water equivalent at both sites monthly from January 1 to April 1, then twice a month from May 1 until the snow has completely melted .

This year, January 1 measurements showed slightly above normal snowpack at Summerland Reservoir and snowpack at normal levels at Isintok Lake.

Then, beginning February 1, the snow accumulation at both sites was significantly below normal.

On April 1, the snowpack at Isintok Lake was 56.5% of normal and on May 1 it was 50% of normal. At Summerland Reservoir, snow accumulation was higher, but still significantly below normal levels.

Low snowpack at both Summerland sites mirrors provincial numbers for the Okanagan. These statistics, from the BC River Forecast Center, showed the Okanagan had snowpack at 83% of normal levels. With the exception of the Okanagan and Nicola regions, snow accumulation levels across the province were above normal.

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