Trends in snow water equivalent in Rocky Mountain National Park and the northern Front Range of Colorado, USA
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The seasonal snowpack in Rocky Mountain National Park and the northern Front Range of Colorado, USA, within 50 km of the park, is undergoing changes that will pose challenges for water providers, natural resource managers, and winter recreation enthusiasts. Assessing long-term temporal trends in measures of the seasonal snowpack, and in the climatic factors that influence its annual accumulation and ablation, helps to characterize those challenges. In particular, evaluating the patterns of variation in those trends over different parts of the snow season provides new understanding as to their ...