Automated Snow Pillow Commentary
UPDATED: June 1, 2016
A bi-weekly commentary of snow conditions based on readings from the BC Automated Snow Pillow (ASP) network is published during the snow season.
The warm temperatures in April had accelerated snow melt throughout the province to record low conditions for early May. The early melt was about two weeks earlier than the 2015 conditions. In mid-to-late May 2016, temperatures have been closer to normal, leading to an easing of snow melt rates. The current snowpack conditions as of June 1st are more indicative of the typical conditions in late June. The provincial average snow water equivalent (SWE) as measured by the ASP network, referenced to long-term average conditions for this period, has decreased from 49% on May 15th to 29% as of June 1st.
The detailed listing of all snow pillows can be downloaded here: ASP Weekly Summary and a summary map of snow pillow data can be viewed here: ASP Weekly Map.
This will be the final ASP Commentary for the 2015-2016 season. The next Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin is planned for release by end of day June 8th 2016.