First Snowpack Measurement For New Year Brings Good News

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Scientists were at the top of Berthoud Pass on Tuesday for the first snow survey for the new year.

The scientists bury poles into the snow to measure the snowpack. The measurement is important to farmers and ranchers who need to plan for summer water supplies. But those aren’t the only people who use the information.

“If you’re using this data for your ski report, then you’re our customer. If you’re using this data for what the conditions are like before you bring your family out, then you’re our customer.” snowpack scientist William Shoup said.

Shoup says the snowpack is 100 percent of normal in the South Platte River basin. That is right on track for where it’s supposed to be this time of year.


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