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Spencers Creek's latest one-metre snow depth in 14 years

Ben Domensino, Thursday August 13, 2020 - 15:09 EST

The 2020 snow season is now likely to feature one of Spencers Creek's latest one-metre natural snow depths on record.

Snowy Hydro measured 99.8cm of natural snow at Spencers Creek on Thursday, August 13th. This is the site's highest point so far this season and 13.1cm more snow than the same time last week.

While it's positive to see the natural snow depth increasing after such a slow start to the season, it's far from where it should be this far into winter. Today's 99.8cm is more than 50cm below average for this time of year at Spencers Creek.

With today's measurement, we shouldn't see one metre of snow measured at Spencers Creek until this time next week, when Snowy Hydro goes back up to the site and takes another reading. This will make it the longest we have gone into the season without reaching one metre at Spencers Creek since 2006, regardless of whether the mark is reached at the next reading. Prior to 2006, the last time it took longer than this to hit a metre was back in 1989.

Image: The snow depth measuring site at Spencers Creek, NSW.

South of the border, there is only 25cm of natural snow at Mount Hotham today. This is about 90cm below the long-term average for mid-August and its lowest depth for this point in the season in records dating back to 1993.

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