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Snowpack and Water
April 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
This talk will address this year’s current snowpack and projected water supplies or shortages.
We’ll look at early seasonal outlooks for this winter, if they worked and how they can be used to mitigate impacts for the coming summer. We’ll discuss the current drought in Idaho and across the West and programs in Idaho to help mitigate droughts – cloud seeding and aquifer recharge.
A lot of the science of monitoring snow to predict streamflow is about relationships. These are statistical relationships used to forecast river volumes but also an understanding of snow to flow relationships, and La Nina / El Nino patterns. With the greater degree of climatic variability that we are seeing, we need to continue learning from our past to help mitigate impacts from these future weather challenges that we are now seeing.
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About the Lecturer: Ron Abramovich attended Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Watershed Sciences in 1986. He worked for the USGS in southern Colorado, then a couple years later accepted a job offer from the USDA Soil Conservation Service Snow Survey Office in Salt Lake City.
In 1991, the Boise, Idaho Snow Survey Office advertised their first ever Water Supply Specialist position. Ron applied, got it and won the best job anyone could have. He was with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Idaho Snow Survey from 1991 to 2019. Since retiring in 2019 he spends his free time hiking and skiing.