Articles tagged snowpack

April 21, 2014, 8:58 a.m.

Records Show Crater Lake’s Annual Snowfall Consistently Decreasing

While enough snow for recreation is rarely an issue at Crater Lake — even a low season features plenty of powder — Oregon’s only national park has been gradually losing its iconic snow for the past eight decades.

April 7, 2014, 2 p.m.

Reseacher: Data Shows Low Snowpack Years Will Happen More Frequently

An Oregon State University researcher has been tracking snowpack levels for decades, and he says this year's low level of winter precipitation indicates a longterm shift that could impact plant growth and recreation in the Northwest.

March 14, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

A Lost Season For An Oregon Ski Area

Mt. Ashland ski area won’t be opening for the first time in the ski area's 50-year history.

March 11, 2014, 2 p.m.

Climate Plays Critical Role In Water Discussion

Climate will play a critical part in the fresh water supply in the Northwest. Hotter temperatures will likely mean less summer rainfall and more wildfires. And it could mean gradual changes to the plant and animal life in the years to come.

Nov. 20, 2013, 6:01 p.m.

How Rain Strengthens The Cascades Snowpack

The recent clear weather may make the rain earlier this fall seem a distant memory. Those rains didn't leave much snow for Thanksgiving Weekend skiers. But rain strengthens the snowpack, and what's already fallen may reduce the avalanche danger in the Cascades.

Aug. 7, 2013, 1 a.m.

Tracking An Alpine Frog That Chuckles And Beeps For Climate Change Research

Way up in the alpine wetlands of Northwest mountains you’ll find a little amphibian known as the Cascades frog. As snowpack decreases across the West, scientists are trying to figure out how the frogs will adapt to their shrinking habitat.

July 25, 2013, 6:22 p.m.

What 3.6 Degrees Means for Snowpack In The Western Cascades

Rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene, Ore. by more than fifty percent, according to a climate study published by Oregon State University.

Dec. 24, 2012, 7:28 p.m.

Idaho Power Uses Cloud Seeding To Enhance Winter Snowpack

Cloud seeding has been around for decades. It started out as a way to make rain for growing crops. But these days in the Mountain West, it’s used as a way to make more snow.

Dec. 6, 2012, 3:37 p.m.

Study: Climate Changes Hurts Winter Tourism

Warmer winters caused by climate change could make it more difficult to operate ski resorts in the Northwest. That’s according to a new study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire.

Nov. 2, 2012, 8:43 a.m.

Mountain Meadows Dwindling In The Pacific Northwest

Climate change is causing some high mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest to rapidly decline, a new study suggests. These unique ecosystems are falling victim to reduced snowpacks, which allow trees to invade landscapes of grasses, shrubs and wildflowers.

May 10, 2012, 4:54 p.m.

Spring Weather Makes For Tricky River Management

Warmer temperatures this week have kept river levels high in Idaho as mountain snow melts. It’s been a challenging year for those who manage the state’s river systems. That’s because the spring runoff happened a month earlier than last year.

Jan. 31, 2012, 8:39 a.m.

Snowpack Still Well Below Normal

>There is considerably more snow -- 60 percent of average -- on Mount Ashland and the Siskiyou Summit now than at the end of a drought-like December, yet the totals are still well below normal for this time of year.

Jan. 9, 2012, 11:59 a.m.

Researchers: Mount Adams' Glaciers Half Gone

In the first comprehensive study of its kind, a Portland State University study has found Mount Adams' 12 glaciers have shrunk by nearly half since 1904 and are receding faster than those of nearby sister volcanoes Mount Hood and Mount Rainier.

June 12, 2011, 10 p.m.

Snowpack Science Reveals Changing Climate

Despite an especially wet winter and spring this year in the Northwest, research has shown that average temperatures have risen and snowpack has decreased since the mid 1900’s. But are these recent changes a human-caused anomaly, or just part of normal climate patterns? A new study in the journal Science sheds some light on that debate.

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