What climate change means to our crucial snowpack

Our colleagues in the Office of the Washington State Climatologist at the University of Washington recently wrote an excellent Op-Ed on the importance and future of snowpack in the Pacific Northwest in a warming climate. “The bottom line is that year-to-year variability will continue to be the dominant effect on our snowpack over at least the next decade or two. At some point, however, these variations will be overwhelmed by a warming of the Pacific Northwest. Years such as 2015, specifically its warm winter temperatures, will become more the rule rather than the exception by about the 2050s.” Read the article here.

Read the Op-Ed