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Southeast falls below-average in snowpack survey


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This chart shows the five-year trend of snowpack for the two sites on Mitkof Island. The old water reservoir site is the lower site, measuring 550-feet. The Raven's Ridge is the upper site, measuring 1650-feet high.

Findings from the Alaska Snow Survey Report released February 2015 show that

snowpack across the state of Alaska is below normal, and snowpack in Southeast is less than half the normal rate.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) releases the report quarterly. Locally, data is collected by U.S. Forest Service hydrologist Heath Whitacre who surveys two sites on Mitkof Island: a 1650-foot high site on Raven's Ridge and a 550-foot high site near the

old water reservoir. Whitacre's monthly tally is sent to the NRCS where it is combined with data from sites around Alaska to...

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