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Term: Snowdrift Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Accumulation of snow heaped together by the wind in the lee of an obstruction due to the local decrease in wind velocity.  WMOHydrology 

An accumulation or bank of snow formed when wind blows snow against an obstruction; often considerably thicker than the surrounding snowcover.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A mound or bank of snow deposited as sloping surfaces and peaks, often behind obstacles, irregularities, and on lee slopes. Due to eddies in the wind field.  IACSSnow 

An accumulation of windblown snow deposited in the lee of obstructions or heaped by wind eddies. A crescent-shaped snowdrift, with ends pointing downwind, is known as a snow barchan.  WMOSeaIce 

Sea ice terminology. Describes an accumulation of wind-blown snow that is deposited in the lee of an obstacle. A crescent-shaped snowdrift, with ends pointing down-wind, is called a snow barchan.  ECCCanada 

Mass of snow heaped up by the wind and deposited along an obstruction or an irregularity of the terrain.  WMOMeteoterm 

An accumulation of wind-blown snow, commonly considerably thicker than the surrounding snowcover  IPAPermafrost 

A mound or bank of snow deposited as sloping surfaces and peaks, often behind obstacles and irregularities, due to eddies in the wind field.  AMSglossary 

An accumulation of wind-blown snow deposited in the lee of obstructions or heaped by wind eddies.  SPRI 

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