Snowpack

April 8, 2016--March dry spell takes toll on Southwest Colorado snowpack (Durango Herald)

Though Southwest Colorado has yet to reap the benefits of a wet El Niño, as of April 1, statewide snowpack totals are up 150 percent from last year, according to the National Resource Conservation Service. Karl Wetlaufer, assistant snow survey supervisor for NRCS, said data released Wednesday show just how much the dry spell in March affected the southern San Juan Mountains. Co


March 9, 2016--Colorado River flows reduced by warmer spring temperatures (University of Arizona)

Warmer-than-average spring temperatures reduce upper Colorado River flows more than previously recognized, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led team. Although climate models have suggested that spring temperatures affect stream flow, this study is the first to examine the instrumental historical record to see if a temperature effect could be detected, said lead author


March 1, 2016--State snowpack in retreat (Grand Junction Sentinel)

That taste of spring that western Coloradans have enjoyed for the past few weeks has taken a toll on the state’s snowpack. Blue skies and warm days have contributed to Colorado’s snowpack falling to below normal, at 98 percent of median as of Monday, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service data. That comes after what had been a strong start for snowfall accumul


February 10, 2016--Drying out of the American Southwest (Mountain Town News)

Peering through a window on a flight from Denver to Los Angeles, you first see the Rocky Mountains, rich with forests and snow, here and there a ski area. Then, for the majority of the trip you see aridity, the soft greens of sagebrush steppes at higher elevations dissolving to harsh pigments of the Mojave Desert until you get to the exurbs of LA. This is the American Southwest.


February 2, 2016--Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions

Above normal snowpack measurements are tracking for most of the West. The season was off to a slow start with sporadic storms October through December, but January winter precipitation increased measurements across all states,according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s SNOTEL sites, which measure snow depth at thousands of stations nation-wide.


January 25, 2016--Report: Warming could impact water supplies in western states (Public News Service--WY)

Surface temperatures across the globe in 2015 were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since the new century began. Noah Diffenbaugh is an associate professor at Stanford University and senior author of a&


January 1, 2016--The science of snowmelt and water supply forecasting (Steamboat Pilot)

Snow plays a vital role in our lives as the primary source of the water supply in the Western United States. With as much as 75 percent of the water supply being derived from snowmelt, successful water planning and management of the state’s water resources begins with a comprehensive knowledge of current snowpack conditions and the ability to make informed decisions for the upcoming


December 25, 2015-- El Niño weather pattern taking shape (Steamboat Today)

After a week of persistent snowfall, snow remains in the forecast, but the early part of January could be dry. Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that temperatures will be very cold today before the air begins to warm Sunday at higher elevations. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature today of 1


December 23, 2015--California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years (Los Angeles Times)

A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year. The storms, which are likely to continue into Friday, have fattened the mountain snowpack to levels California hasn't seen for two years, said Steve Nemeth, water supply forecaster for the state Department


December 12, 2015--Early season snowpack falls short across the West (High Country News)

On April 1 this year, a snow survey in California’s Sierra Nevadas near Echo Peak had to be conducted on bare grass — an unprecedented April Fool’s joke from Mother Nature.


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