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Researchers consider a western US with little or no snowpack

Unseasonably warm temperatures in early February melted the snow at the current, smaller Leavenworth Ski Hill jump, putting it out of service.
Tom Banse
Northwest News Network

The bare top of Mount Shasta last summer is probably not a fluke. The glaciers are still there, though shrinking, but the annual snowpack continues to melt off earlier in the summer each year.

Now multiply the situation by all the other mountains we depend upon in the west for snowpack. Less snowpack, less water available for all uses in the dry part of the year.

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently published research about the coming Low-to-no-snow future, pointing out the issues that future will create, and the things that still need considerable research.

Erica Woodburn and Alan Rhoades of Berkeley Lab visit with some of the highlights of what they discovered.

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