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What Climate Change Could Mean for the Future of California’s Springtime Snowpack

, Senior Climate Scientist

Despite the abundant water year we’ve had, over the long term climate change is transforming the California snowpack and will make no-snow snow surveys more common in the future. Not only is climate change making good snow years like this one less likely, it’s also changing what good snow years mean for our water resources. And that’s going to mean a very different April snow survey in the future. Read more >

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California’s Next Climate Change Challenge is Water Whiplash

, director, California & Western States

Today the journal Nature Climate Change published results of a groundbreaking paper that explores the changing character of precipitation extremes in California. The eye-opening results indicate that while overall precipitation levels will not change significantly in the next decades, the state has already entered a period of increased extreme precipitation events that will continue to present tremendous challenges to ensuring stable water supplies. Read more >

Photo: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources
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Water in an Uncertain Future: Planning the New Normal

, director, California & Western States

Northern California breathed a sigh of relief this weekend as rain and cooler temperatures finally arrived in force after the devastating fires in October. Now the question is, what kind of a winter will we have, and in particular, how much snow and rain will we or will we not get?

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