On February 7, snow-water-equivalent (SWE) in the Upper Henry’s Fork subwatershed was 99% of the 30-year median. The intervening month has brought heavy precipitation to the entire watershed, raising the Upper Henry’s Fork SWE to 120% of median. SWE is 131% of median in the Fall River subwatershed (up from 121% on February 7) and 135% of median in the Teton River subwatersed (up from 133% on February 7). All three subwatersheds have already reached their median peak SWE for the whole season.

Grpah of snow-water-equivalent in the three Henry's Fork subwatersheds as a percent of median.

Graph above shows percent-of-median SWE since November 1 in the three subwatersheds of the Henry’s Fork watershed. Also shown is the percent-of-median SWE for the Henry’s Fork and Teton Basins, as reported in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) daily snow/precipitation report. Table below shows data for individual sites, as well as the subwatersheds and the NRCS Henry’s Fork and Teton Basins index. If you would like to receive daily updates of this graph and table via email, send a message to Rob at rob@henrysfork.org with “SWE request” in the subject line.

Table of site and subwatershed SWE data.

To see how we use raw data from the NRCS SnoTel website to calculate the numbers in the graph and table above, download our SWE methods document. Go to the NRCS interactive map for a great visualization of very high snowpack across the central and southern part of the western United States but only average to below-average snowpack in Montana, north Idaho, and northern Washington. The upper Henry’s Fork watershed sits at the transition between above-average snowpack to our south and below-average to our north. Today’s version of this map is shown here.