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4/18/12: The West's Withering Snowpack

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Spring snow in the Wasatch mountains above Salt Lake City could be a thing of the past by the latter part of the 21st century if predictions hold true.

By Doug Fabrizio

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4/18/12: The West's Withering Snowpack

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's famed powder snow -- snow so great it typically covers local mountains well into the summer -- faces a dim prognosis. Several recent studies suggest spring snowpack in the Mountain West is dwindling, the result of a warming climate. If the predictions hold true, in the future the region will see less snow and more rain from fewer, more intense storms. A panel of guests joins Doug on Wednesday to talk about global warming's toll on the region's snowpack and the potential side effects.

  • Read reporter Judy Fahys article for the Salt Lake Tribune about dwindling snowpack in Utah.
  • Check out the Natural Resources Defense Council's Water-Ready map and report to learn what your state is doing to prepare for climate change.

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