The death of a snowpack
Snowpack is defined as layers of snow that accumulate on the ground from multiple snowfalls. We had four accumulating snowfalls during late January and early February that created a snowpack of two feet or more across much the Washington area. BWI recorded a snow depth of 34" on February 11 and Dulles Airport recorded a snow depth of 26" on February 10. Our area's snow depth rivaled, and in some cases surpassed, the snowpack from the historic winter of February 1899. At my house near Oakton, VA, the snowpack peaked close to 28".
I decided to record the changing snowpack with periodic photos taken of a yard stick that I placed in my backyard. I wasn't sure if the snowpack would grow, melt slowly, or get washed away quickly by a heavy rain storm. Ultimately, it was a slow, month-long snow melt, something that is almost as rare in our area as a 30" snowpack.
Keep reading to see the photo results.
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