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Perspectives on the causes of exceptionally low 2015 snowpack in the western United States

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Augmenting previous papers about the exceptional 2011-15 California drought, we offer new perspectives on the ‘snow drought’ that extended into Oregon in 2014 and Washington in 2015. Over 80% of measurement sites west of 115°W experienced record low snowpack in 2015, and we estimate a return period of 400-1000 years for California’s snowpack under the questionable assumption of stationarity. Hydrologic modeling supports the conclusion that 2015 was the most severe on record by a wide margin. ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1002/2016GL069965

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Oxford, SSD, SOGE, Environmental Change Institute
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Wiley Publisher's website
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Geophysical Research Letters Journal website
Publication date:
2016-10-05
Acceptance date:
2016-10-10
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1944-8007
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pubs:652364
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uri:05297c57-b58a-44c9-a6a1-98ba42563816
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uuid:05297c57-b58a-44c9-a6a1-98ba42563816
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pubs:652364

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