Desert dust causes early snowmelt and water loss

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Desert dust causes early snowmelt and water loss

Researchers say dirt hurts already-low snowpack
Phil Straub, a researcher with the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies, shows the layer of snow that is covered in dust below freshly fallen snow earlier this month on Red Mountain Pass. The center has tracked seven dust storms already this year.
Windborne dust deposited on the snowpack of the Colorado high country can result in early runoff and an average of 5 percent loss in water.
A recent avalanche near Red Mountain Pass reveals a layer of snow covered in dust earlier this month on Red Mountain Pass. Phil Straub, of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies, says dust deposited on snowpack may adversely affect spring ski season.
While there is historic evidence that dust has reached the snowpack of Colorado over centuries, associated impacts with climate change and human population are expected to increase the amount of dust storms.
Tracking dust storms that deposit dust on Colorado snowpack has been tracked since 2003. In that time, there’s been an average of seven dust storms a year. This year, with a few months left in the seasons, there’s already been seven dust storms.

Desert dust causes early snowmelt and water loss

Phil Straub, a researcher with the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies, shows the layer of snow that is covered in dust below freshly fallen snow earlier this month on Red Mountain Pass. The center has tracked seven dust storms already this year.
Windborne dust deposited on the snowpack of the Colorado high country can result in early runoff and an average of 5 percent loss in water.
A recent avalanche near Red Mountain Pass reveals a layer of snow covered in dust earlier this month on Red Mountain Pass. Phil Straub, of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies, says dust deposited on snowpack may adversely affect spring ski season.
While there is historic evidence that dust has reached the snowpack of Colorado over centuries, associated impacts with climate change and human population are expected to increase the amount of dust storms.
Tracking dust storms that deposit dust on Colorado snowpack has been tracked since 2003. In that time, there’s been an average of seven dust storms a year. This year, with a few months left in the seasons, there’s already been seven dust storms.
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