Climate: New tree-ring study suggests last winter’s California snowpack was the lowest in 500 years

Summit County Citizens Voice

'o;j A scant snowpack left California in a world of hurt. Photo courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

‘We should be prepared for this type of snow drought to occur much more frequently because of rising temperatures …’

Staff Report

LINZ — A new tree ring study suggests this past winter’s snowpack in the Sierra Nevada may have been the lowest in 500 years — and there may be more of the same ahead, warned to researchers who analyzed the data.

“We should be prepared for this type of snow drought to occur much more frequently because of rising temperatures,” said Valerie Trouet, an associate professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. “Anthropogenic warming is making the drought more severe.

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