# Snow Water Equivalent

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'''[[Snow Water Equivalent]]''' ('''[[SWE]]''') is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of '''[[water]]''' contained within the '''[[snowpack]]'''. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. To determine the depth of '''[[snow]]''' using snow water equivalent and density, use the following formula: ['''[[SWE]]'''] ÷ [Density] = Snow Depth (Density must be in decimal form. For example: 25% = 0.25) | '''[[Snow Water Equivalent]]''' ('''[[SWE]]''') is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of '''[[water]]''' contained within the '''[[snowpack]]'''. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. To determine the depth of '''[[snow]]''' using snow water equivalent and density, use the following formula: ['''[[SWE]]'''] ÷ [Density] = Snow Depth (Density must be in decimal form. For example: 25% = 0.25) | ||

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## Revision as of 12:34, 25 October 2009

** Snow Water Equivalent** (

**SWE**) is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of

**water**contained within the

**snowpack**. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. To determine the depth of

**snow**using snow water equivalent and density, use the following formula: [

**SWE**] ÷ [Density] = Snow Depth (Density must be in decimal form. For example: 25% = 0.25)

Also see

Return to **Snow and Weather Glossary**, **Working with Snow**, **Freestyle Skiing**