Dry winter drops risk of flooding posed by snowpack melt to low levels

There’s less snow than usual to melt in the mountains this spring. That’s the message from hydrologist John Pomeroy, a Canmore-based¬†water expert.

“It’s lower than the normal over most of the mountains,” Pomeroy said, in a Monday interview on the¬†Calgary Eyeopener.

“That’s what we’re going to be seeing at this point: lower snowmelt contribution to streams.”

Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, and the director of the Coldwater Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, said the explanation for the diminished flows isn’t complicated.

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