Latest Snowpack Stories

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...

2010-03-04 12:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today that New York City has stepped up the amount of water it releases from its reservoirs to reduce the threat of flooding from the historic snowpack throughout the upper Delaware River basin. This action is one of several new flood-mitigation measures established under a cooperative agreement between New York City and states along the Delaware River. The city controls...

2010-02-03 13:49:35

Conservation scientists say the wolverine, a predator renowned for its strength and tenacious character, may be dying out along with the snowpack upon which it lives, BBC News reported. Experts say wolverine numbers are falling across North America and their decline has been linked to less snow settling as a result of climate change. It is the first study to show a decline in the abundance of any land species due to vanishing snowpack. Wolverines typically thrive in boreal forests across...

2010-01-22 08:59:26

Civil engineers at the University of Washington and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Seattle office have taken a first look at how dams in the Columbia River basin, the nation's largest hydropower system, could be managed for a different climate. They developed a new technique to determine when to empty reservoirs in the winter for flood control and when to refill them in the spring to provide storage for the coming year. Computer simulations showed that switching to the new management...

2009-01-30 12:52:10

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday a new survey of California winter snows showed the most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. California produces about half of the United States' vegetables and fruit but is now in its third year of drought. Scientists said its main system supplying water to cities and farms may only be able to fulfill 15 percent of requests. A survey by the state Department of Water Resources shows that the snowpack on California's...

2008-01-23 15:05:00

Dust from agricultural and urban developments may be shortening western winters significantly, research from the University of Utah shows. Thomas Painter, head of the Snow Optics Laboratory at the University of Utah said that dirt mixed with snow limits the heat the snow can reflect, thus causing snow to melt faster. Currently, snowpacks are melting approximately a month before they should. Painter's research reveals the seriousness of this problem and its effect on ecology. According to an...

2006-11-06 15:23:45

Grainy photographs of America's Old West recall a time when large bison herds migrated across wide prairie lands, 30 million strong, with the changing seasons determining their path and destination. Now, NASA satellite data and computer modeling and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) information are helping track the remnants of this once mighty herd in Yellowstone National Park as they migrate with the melting snowpack. The Yellowstone bison are the only herd in lower North America to...

2005-08-17 14:24:23

The National Science Foundation has awarded a University of Colorado at Boulder research group $1.75 million to identify and analyze a potpourri of microbes new to science that are residing in the harsh, cold climate of Colorado's high mountains. Led by CU-Boulder ecology and evolutionary biology department Professor Steve Schmidt, the group will build on its discovery of several new kingdoms of life previously unknown to science that were found west of Boulder two years ago. Although 18th...

2005-02-15 07:35:56

SEATTLE (AP) -- The low snowpack in the Cascade Range is raising the specter of water shortages this summer, but a new study of tree-ring data indicates the Northwest has endured far worse droughts over the past 250 years - and is likely to again. The study, published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, said the region endured six multiyear droughts between 1750 and 1950, including one that started in the 1840s and lasted for 12 years. The authors - Dave Peterson of...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.