Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada could disappear in just 25 years
As the climate continues to warm, more and more of the snow falling on California’s mountains will be replaced by rain. Already in recent decades, the snow season has shrunk by a month, according to one estimate, while snow levels have moved upward by 1,200 feet, according to another. Scientists and water managers say that at some point California’s snowpack could simply disappear. This would leave the state without the crucial spring and summer melt-off that fills rivers and streams, nourishes plants and animals, and provides a huge chunk of the water supply.
- KCBX – San Luis Obispo: Low-snow winters could impact local, state water reservoir supply
- SFist: Snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada could disappear in just 25 years
- Western Farm Press: Snow cover critical for revegetation after fires