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Record-breaking wildfires in 2020 turned huge swaths of Western forests into barren burn scars.
Nevada depends on snow melt from the mountains for its water supply, so scientists from the USDA closely monitor snow levels throughout the winter to help water managers and farmers plan their wate
The West’s water security is wrapped up in snow. When it melts, it becomes drinking and irrigation water for millions throughout the region.
DENVER (AP) — The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average.
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Forecasters say warming California weather will increase melting of the huge Sierra Nevada snowpack and raise water levels in many rivers and streams in the coming week.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Reservoirs around the Colorado River basin are in good shape after an exceptionally wet winter.
Several snowpack measurements around Lake Tahoe have confirmed that the winter of 2018-2019 had well above average snowfall.
The Colorado River and its tributaries are likely headed for another year of low water.
Jeff Lukas at the University of Colorado-Boulder says if you’re just looking at snowpack to gauge how well a winter is going -- you’re doing it wrong.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A series of late winter storms rivaling the "Miracle March" of 1991 has bolstered an otherwise dismal season of snowpack in the northern Sierra.
Snowpack has been declining in the West over the last 60 years or so, and it’s worse than scientists expected.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The snowpack at the end of February was dismal in Nevada amid one of the warmest winters on record.
This winter in the southern Rocky Mountains is shaping up to be one for the record books. And not in a good way.
Skiers rejoiced a bit earlier this week because the rain that fell in lower elevations turned to snow in the mountains.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The drought-busting snow and rain in the mountains around Lake Tahoe have pushed the lake to its highest level in more than a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California water managers say Sierra Nevada snow drifts are at a drought-busting 173 percent of average, with the most snow recorded since 1995.
State water managers poked rods into drifts as high as tree branches Thursday to measure the snowpack.
RENO — Much of Northern California and the Sierra Nevada braced for potential flooding into the weekend as a winter storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow around Lake Tahoe made its way toward Utah and the Rockies.
You remember those pictures from last year – officials and their trailing reporters from many western states trekking up to do their annual snowpack measurements.