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About Snow Surveys

About Snow Surveys

Image of snow crystal and water droplet


The NRCS Snow Survey Program provides mountain snowpack data and streamflow forecasts for the western United States. Common applications of snow survey products include water supply management, flood control, climate modeling, recreation, and conservation planning.





Image of cover of snow history book

The photo to the left is the cover of a new 300 page book published in 2008 detailing the history of our program. Hardcover copies are available from the USDA or download an online copy using the below link.

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Adobe Acrobat Document History of Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting  (5.8 MB)


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