A climatological study of snow covered areas in the Western United States
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Snow accumulation and timing of melt affect the availability of water resources for the Western United States. Climate warming can significantly impact the hydrology of this region by decreasing the amount of precipitation falling as snow and altering the timing of snowmelt and associated runoff. Therefore, it is essential to characterize how regional climatology affects snow accumulation and ablation and to identify areas that may be especially sensitive to climate warming. This can help resource managers plan appropriately for hydrologic changes. This study utilizes 11-year average (2000 - ...