Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Receding

Sierra Nevada snow line is moving uphill, study shows

A recent study points to a rapidly-rising "snow line," the elevation at which rain turns to water, in the northern Sierra Nevada. CLAIRE CUDAHY / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe Daily Tribune

In a recent study, scientists at the Desert Research Institute reported that warmer temperatures have pushed the snow line in the Sierra Nevada 1,200 to 1,500 feet uphill. The study used data collected from 2008–17. To expand their data set, the researchers used temperature data from other weather stations to estimate the portion of the precipitation that fell as snow in the Sierra dating back to 1951.

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How climate is impacting the West — right now

Water Deeply

We are now living in a time that’s the warmest in the history of modern civilization, according to the latest Climate Science Special Report. Many studies have modeled future impacts from climate change, but scientists have shown that warming trends are already affecting water and ecosystems in the West.

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New radar system to pinpoint Bay Area flooding

Bay Area Monitor

On the heels of Northern California’s wettest year on record — with nearly 90 inches of rain — a team of water agencies and weather researchers is installing a new radar system to upgrade flood prediction in the San Francisco Bay Area. For many, it can’t come soon enough.

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