Snowpack

January 21, 2015--Officials say future looks dry for Navajo Lake (Daily Times)

Navajo Lake is currently 12 feet deeper than it was at this time last year, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. But that's where the good news ends. The snowpack and soil moisture is less than it was last year, which means less inflow into the lake, a reservoir that stretches across the state line from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico.


January 9, 2015--Overall, Colorado’s snowpack is on target (Durango Herald)

As a whole, Colorado’s snowpack was right where it should have been Jan. 1 – standing at 99 percent of the median for the date, the Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release.


December 26, 2014--Biggest cloud-seeding experiment yet only sparks more debate (Live Science)

Meteorologists first conceived of seeding clouds as a way to increase rainfall in 1946, working at General Electric's laboratories in Schenectady, New York. But in the nearly 60 years since then, it has remained unclear whether human attempts to make it snow actually work.


December 18, 2014--MillerCoors, Pepsi, Wells Fargo donate $1M to Colorado forests (Denver Business Journal)

The money will help pay for the nonprofit to spend three years designing, implementing, and measuring the progress of forest restoration projects intended to "improve water security" for the Denver metro area and also reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.


December 11, 2014--Study: Cloud seeding increased snowfall (Arizona Central)

A six-year study, partly funded by the Central Arizona Project, on the effects of cloud seeding over mountain ranges in Wyoming has concluded that spraying silver particles into the clouds increases snowfall and eventual water runoff.


September 3, 2014--Report on climate change points to impact in the Southwest (Mancos Times)

In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. Changing precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality. Negative impacts of climate change on crop yields have been more common than positive impacts.


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.


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