Greenhouse gases played role in record-low 2015 snowpacks

November 1, 2016
In 2015, higher temperatures combined with low precipitation, leading to one of the lowest snowpack levels on record in California.
In 2015, higher temperatures combined with low precipitation, leading to one of the lowest snowpack levels on record in California.
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A new study conducted by Dennis Lettenmaier, a geography professor at UCLA, and researchers from the University of Oregon indicates that rising sea temperatures may be equally as responsible for California’s drought as rising temperatures resulting from greenhouse gases. This finding, which explains California’s record-low snowpack in 2015, is cause for concern.

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Additional coverage about reduced California snowpack:

Human-caused global warming contributed strongly to record ‘snow drought’ across the westernmost U.S. in 2015 Discover Magazine, 3 Nov 2016