snowpack decline

South SisterA new report by scientists at Oregon State University projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed - and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase. It details special risks facing many low-elevation, mountainous regions where snow often falls near the freezing point. In such areas, changing from snow to rain only requires a very modest rise in temperature.

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