Snowpack

August 24, 2014--Dust from the drought-hit Southwest ups avalanche danger in the Rockies (Beacon)

We all know what a blanket of fresh snow is supposed to look like — it’s the stuff of poetry. And for skiers and snowboarders, it’s the magic carpet that carries us beyond the edge of gravity, free-falling down mountainsides immersed in a spray of frozen crystals. But for the last 10 years, the snows falling in parts of the Colorado Rockies have been far from virgin white.


August 7, 2014--CIRES report: Climate change in Colorado a synthesis to support water resources management and adaptation (Coyote Gulch)

In the past 30 years, Colorado’s climate has become substantially warmer. The recent warming trend in Colorado is in step with regional and global warming that has been linked to increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Annual precipitation, which has high natural variability, has not seen a statewide trend over that period.


July 11, 2014--Loss of snowpack and glaciers in rockies poses water threat (Environment 360)

When Rocky Mountain explorer Walter Wilcox hiked up to Bow Summit in Canada’s Banff National Park in 1896, he took a photo of a turquoise lake that later caught the eye of a National Geographic magazine editor. In the photo, which was eventually published, the glacier feeding the lake was just a mile upstream.


June 20, 2014--Final forecast confirms uneven water supply for West (Feedstuff)

The final water supply forecast for this year shows the West divided into a wet north and dry south while the snowpack has already melted in much of the region, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Water & Climate Center (NWCC).


June 6, 2014--Lake Powell rising a foot every day (Deseret News)

A big snowpack that is being eaten away by high temperatures is causing the water at Lake Powell to rise a foot a day — good news for boaters and other water revelers. "This is a good year to boat at Lake Powell," said Paul Ostapuk, a spokesman for Friends of Lake Powell.

June 5, 2014--Colorado snow pack is nearly double its normal amount, feds say (Denver Post)

Colorado's wet spring and winter are paying big dividends for the state's snow pack and reservoirs in northern parts of the state, but southern areas are still below normal, federal officials said Thursday. The statewide snow pack is almost double that of normal conditions for this time of year — and more than triple in the South Platte basin.


June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande.


May 31, 2014--Colorado landslides expected to be on rise in this wet year (Denver Post)

The massive, deadly landslide on the Grand Mesa has turned new attention to the unpredictable nature of the state's mountainous terrain in a year expected to see much more soil, rock and mud tumbling down across Colorado.


May 16, 2014--Drought relief may be on the way (Cortez Journal)

A lost friend of farmers, skiers, and boaters may revisit the Four Corners soon. The El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is predicted to form this summer, potentially bringing moisture to the area.


May 15, 2014--Western water supply forecast tracks melting snowpack (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

April storms delivered a mix of rain and snow to the northern half of the West, but didn’t provide much relief for the dry southern half, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 2014 water supply forecast.


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