Snowpack Has Drastically Declined In The West This Century

This article talks about how the average amount of snowpack in the Western US has declined this century. That means serious problems as the melted snow is used for drinking and farming.

There’s a lot less snow in the western U.S. than there was a century ago. That’s according to new research that found dramatic declines in snowpack as the seasons have gotten warmer.

Average snowpack in the West has dropped by up to 30 percent since 1915. To help you visualize that, that’s like permanently draining Nevada’s Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the country.

Researchers said the decline in snowpack is connected to warming temperatures. That could have a big effect on wildlife, agriculture, cities and towns. They depend on snowmelt to supply water during the dry summer and fall months.

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