Summerland’s snowpack has now melted.
The latest snowpack measurements, from May 15, showed no snow at Summerland Reservoir or at Isintok Lake. Both sites are to the west of the community.
The municipality of Summerland measures the snow depth and water equivalent at the two sites each month from Jan. 1 to April 1, and then twice a month beginning May 1 until the snow has all melted.
This year, the Jan. 1 measurements showed a snowpack slightly higher than normal at Summerland reservoir, and a snowpack at normal levels at Isintok Lake.
Then, from Feb. 1 onward, the snowpack at both sites was significantly lower than normal.
On April 1, the snowpack at Isintok Lake was at 56.5 per cent of normal and on May 1, it was at 50 per cent of normal. At Summerland Reservoir the snowpack was higher, but still significantly lower than normal levels.
The low snowpack at the two Summerland sites reflects provincial figures for the Okanagan. These statistics, from the B.C. River Forecast Centre, showed the Okanagan had a snowpack of 83 per cent of normal levels. With the exception of the Okanagan and Nicola regions, snowpack levels in the province were higher than normal.
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