Definition of snowmelt in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsnōmelt/


chiefly North American
1The melting of fallen snow: heavy rains combine with rapid snowmelt
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  • ‘The signal we see in the snow pack and snowmelt is like what is projected from climate models just due to global warming, without any ocean oscillation,’ he said.
  • During the winter, soil is packed into tunnels through the snow, and snowmelt leaves long ‘gopher cores’ of earth lying on the surface.
  • This is attributed to its large elevation range, which causes an extended melt contribution period as snowmelt progresses from the valleys to the mountain tops.
1.1Water that results from this: the day was springlike and the snowmelt shone in blue and gold
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  • Large, intact portions of the Cienega Corridor allow for rain and snowmelt to enter the ground and recharge our drinking water reservoirs.
  • The black lines indicate additional areas where water availability is predominantly influenced by snowmelt generated upstream (but runoff generated within these areas is not snowmelt-dominated).
  • The Ogallala is a giant sponge of sand and gravel soaked with rainwater and snowmelt, stored mostly when the eastern portion of the Rocky Mountains eroded more than a million years ago.

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Syllabification: snow·melt

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