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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

NASA Measures ‘Dust on Snow’ to Help Manage Watersheds

Hydrologists at the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center are providing streamflow forecasts for watersheds within the Colorado River Basin, which includes some of the most parched land in the United States. “The forecasts we get from the center provide crucial information for managing our water resources and reservoir facilities,” said Dave Kanzer, a deputy chief

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Spring Snow a No-Go?

Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study. The study, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, models the year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Snowpack Across the U.S. West

In early May 2014, snowpack varied considerably across the western United States, with more snow in the Cascade Mountains and northern Rocky Mountains, and less snow in the southern Rockies and Sierra Nevada Range. Variability in snowpack depth leaves different areas more or less vulnerable to summer water stress and wildfire risk.