USGS Washington Water Science Center
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The Issue: Across the Western U.S., the spring snowpack in water year 2015 was extremely lower than normal; precipitation in the preceding winter fell more often as rain than as snow. The lack of snow at higher altitudes in the region provides a preview for how climate change is projected to impact water resources in the region.
How USGS will help: To assess how rivers and streams respond to a shift in the dominant form of precipitation from snow to rain at higher elevations and how rivers and streams respond to prolonged drought, the USGS Water Science Centers in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington will analyze streamflow measurements collected from discontinued and current sites during Water Year 2015.