Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The runoff from melting snow.
  • n. A period or season when such runoff occurs: streams that flood during snowmelt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Runoff from melting snow

Etymologies

snow +‎ melt (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So rather than something new and shattering, the study provides an insight into how the climate factors interact and show that the current snowmelt is what we would expect given other climate factors and thus isn't probably the smoking gun that some make it out to be.

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  • For almost half the year rain and snowmelt from the mountains to the south and west cover the land with an irregular, slowly moving skin of water that eventually ends up in the province's northern rivers, which are sub-subtributaries of the Amazon.

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  • This is barrel-chested water, snowmelt from the surrounding mountains that can't get to the sea fast enough to suit it.

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  • a combination of snowmelt from the Tibetan plateau and torrential rains in southern China.

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  • And for droughts, yes, California is very sensitive to them because much of CA gets very little rain between May and October, relying on snowmelt from the winter before, and even a heavy snowfall one year won’t fill the reservoirs after several years of low rain.

    Matthew Yglesias » Vancouver Suffering From Snow Shortage

  • "If you get a major rainstorm up there, and the snowmelt is the way it is coming right now, we're going to have a bigger problem," Little said.

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  • “Washed away by the snowmelt,” he said, lowering his voice.

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  • Bob Ruch, commander of the Corps's Omaha, Neb., district, said engineers had been releasing water from the reservoirs at a measured pace to clear way for snowmelt.

    Missouri River Threatens to Flood a String of Cities

  • But rains in eastern Montana over the last three weeks equaled a full year's normal total, he said, and "it filled up the space we created to take on the snowmelt, which still sits up in the mountains."

    Missouri River Threatens to Flood a String of Cities

  • Releases are expected to hold at the top rate from mid-June until mid-August, and remain high into December, so the Corps will be prepared for next spring's rains and snowmelt.

    Missouri River Breaches Levee, Threatens City

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