DECLINING MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK IN WESTERN NORTH AMERICA*

Philip W. Mote, Alan F. Hamlet, Martyn P. Clark, Dennis P. Lettenmaier
2005 Bulletin of The American Meteorological Society - (BAMS)  
JANUARY 2005 AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY | ountain snowpack in western North America is a key component of the hydrologic cycle, storing water from the winter (when most precipitation falls) and releasing it in spring and early summer, when economic, environmental, and recreational demands for water throughout the West are frequently greatest. In most river basins of the West, especially in Washington, Oregon, and California, snow (rather than man-made reservoirs) is the largest component
more » ... water storage; hence, the West is (to varying degrees) vulnerable to climatic variations and changes that influence spring snowpack.
doi:10.1175/bams-86-1-39 fatcat:v5ulevwnu5gi7muxe7lhqyacna