Water Supply Bulletin - March 1, 2017
Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help forecast water supply levels for the coming year. Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill our reservoirs during spring melt.
The B.C. River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) reports that the early March snowpack in the South Thompson Basin, which includes the GVW Duteau Creek water reservoirs, was at 87% of Normal. The high elevation snowpack measurements for the Okanagan Basin, which includes our Kalamalka Lake water source, was at 86% of Normal.
According to the BCRFC, there was a slight increase in snowpack from their February 1st readings as a result of colder than normal temperatures and higher low elevation snowfall. However, seasonally dry conditions have resulted in a generally lower than normal snowpack. Environment and Climate Change Canada report that forecasts are indicating normal seasonal temperatures for March to May.