The West’s Snowbank Is Severely Overdrawn

A grim scenario is playing out across the American West.

30% of Mt Rainier’s snowpack melted off during the recent historic heatwave.

Montana’s drought conditions can be traced back to when mountain snowpacks shrank dramatically due to high spring, temperatures, and lower than average precipitation. The early thaw resulted in a snowpack that was well below normal by June 1st.

And in California, by early May 11, 2021, snow cover in the northern Sierra was 7 percent of normal and by the beginning of June, it was essentially zero.

LINK (via: NASA)

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