Snow Melting 16 Days Earlier in Wyoming Mountains

A new study finds that the spring snowmelt now comes more than two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s in Wyoming's Wind River Range. The trend is part of a larger snow shortfall across the Western United States documented by many researchers. Several independent studies have found the spring snowmelt starts up to 20 days earlier in the West than in the past because there's less snow falling each winter and warmer spring weather means the snow that does fall melts earlier.

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