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2011-06-28 11:00:00

PAGE, Ariz., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer visitors to Lake Powell will experience water levels last seen ten years ago, according to a new report by the Bureau of Reclamation. The report predicts water levels to be 3,665 feet above sea level by mid-August, a level not seen since 2001. In the last two months, the nation's second largest man-made lake has added 28 feet of water elevation with half of the snowpack still left to melt. This excess snowmelt is creating more areas to...

2011-06-21 12:05:34

Heavy and prolonged snowfall can bring about unexpected conditions that encourage fungal growth, leading to the death of plants in the Arctic, according to experts. A new international study confirms that whilst snow has an insulating effect which helps plants to grow bigger, heavy and prolonged snow can, in certain circumstances, also encourage the rapid and extensive growth of killer fungal strains. The research results, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, show for the first...

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2011-06-10 09:59:08

Researchers see increase in snowpack under bare dead pine trees, earlier melt under dead trees with red needles A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates the infestation of trees by mountain pine beetles in the high country across the West could potentially trigger earlier snowmelt and increase water yields from snowpack that accumulates beneath affected trees. Led by CU-Boulder geological sciences department doctoral student Evan Pugh, the study was undertaken near Grand Lake,...

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2011-04-08 11:55:00

A campaign recently carried out in Finland, has yielded the first images of snow using an airborne radar that operates at the same wavelengths proposed for ESA's CoReH2O satellite. These results help pave the way to understanding how radar could map the water content of snow from space. The field campaign forms part of the activities supporting the development of the Cold Regions Hydrology High-resolution Observatory (CoReH2O) mission. This is one of three candidate Earth Explorers now...

2011-04-07 18:49:04

As a consequence of climatic changes, the number of avalanche threats has been increasing in the Alps and other alpine regions, with fatal consequences for people and infrastructures. Continuous monitoring of every endangered area has been lacking until now due to high costs and manpower requirements. Geological researchers in Munich have now developed an inexpensive system, which with the help of several technologies can continuously monitor slopes, assess changes, and provide early warnings...

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2011-03-23 11:38:04

An ESA project has recently demonstrated that new ways of processing satellite data can show how different properties of snow can be observed from space. This new method is expected to lead to a much deeper understanding of the role snow plays in the Earth system. Snow is a fundamental component of Earth's energy and water cycles. It plays an important role reflecting solar radiation back out to space, emits heat and holds a significant percentage of the global freshwater budget. However,...

2011-03-21 23:40:16

Significant differences were observed between the overall survival curves for the two countries; compared with the Swiss curve, the Canadian curve showed a quicker drop at the early stages of burial and poorer survival associated with prolonged burial," writes Dr. Pascal Haegeli, Simon Fraser University, with coauthors. "Poorer survival probabilities in the Canadian sample were offset by significantly quicker extrication (median duration of burial 18 minutes v. 35 minutes in the Swiss...

2011-03-03 23:32:46

Polluted snow causes early runoff, stronger monsoons in Asia In some cases, soot "“ the fine, black carbon silt that is released from stoves, cars and manufacturing plants "“ can pack more of a climatic punch than greenhouse gases, according to a paper published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Michigan and NOAA found that soot landing on snow on the massive Tibetan...

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2011-03-02 08:40:00

Believe it or not, the snowstorms that battered much of the US this winter and set records in Chicago and New York are the result of global warming, climate scientists at a non-profit environmental group claimed during a Tuesday press event. Speaking on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) from Washington DC, Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for the Weather Underground website told reporters, "Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet." "In fact, as the...

2011-03-01 10:30:00

BELFAIR, Wash., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even after digging out from this year's record-setting snow and ice storms, many homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath. Others are hoping to prevent future damage to their homes. Snow and ice can result in major roofing problems, including ice dams, leaking and collapse. Snow and ice on a roof exert vertical loads that can cause a roof to sag, or fail. Although powdery snow weighs little, slushy, wet snow can weigh over...


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Rare Snow Visits South Africa August 7, 8 2012
2012-08-08 09:26:03

The area in red in the above image has been experiencing winter weather which is quite rare to the region; also at this time many places are still seeing rain and snow. From the South African Weather Service, they are forecasting for the Eastern Cape “Very Cold with snow heavy at times.” The majority of the regions in red in the image are going to see more rain and snow today, and some places may see heavy snowfall. Looking at forecast models of the region they will continue to see...

Winter Weather Outlook For November-January For Austin Texas
2012-12-29 12:33:08

November 2012:  The area is going to see a warm start to the month as temps will average in the 60-70F range with a few days rising into the 80’s and also a few days in the 50’s possible. Precipitation on the whole will be around 2-4inches for the month; while there will be none in the form of snowfall. There will be a high chance for an overnight freeze during the month. December 2012:  Temps will fall for the month of December as high temps will be in the 50-70F range during the...

Record Setting Events for Dec18, 2012
2012-12-28 08:19:02

Event #1: Record Heat An island off the coast of Georgia hit a high temp of 75F, which is good enough to break their previous record. A second record setting temperature was recorded in Southern Texas as the temp hit 78F in the region. This warm air was associated with the strong southerly flow that was moving through the region yesterday. The third area to look at occurred out in Western Arizona; the location hit 78F along the slopes of the Southern Rockies as the region saw high pressure...

Winter Weather Outlook
2012-11-05 15:42:46

November 2012: A mild month in store with the chance of seeing a significant storm, however overall should be mild with the average forecasted temps to be around the 50-60F range. There is the chance of seeing 6-8 days even being warmer and also 8-10 days being colder. The month will see 0.5-1.0 in of rainfall along with 2-4in of snowfall possible. The majority of the snow may come in one event for the month. December 2012: Temps will slightly fall for the month but overall it could be a...

Winter Weather Outlook
2012-10-30 14:38:21

November 2012: A warm month will start for the region, followed by a mid-month run into old man winter. Expect the average temps for the month to be around 40-50F with the potential of seeing 6-8 days above that and 6-8  days below. The month’s precipitation will include a trace to 0.25in of rainfall along with the possibility of seeing 2-4in of snowfall. December 2012. The month will be ushered in by some cooler temps with the average dropping into the 30-40F range. There is a chance...

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