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  • Another water-short year in the Southwest is taking its toll

    Another water-short year in the Southwest is taking its toll

    Generous spring snow storms were a momentary, if welcome, distraction from the region's real weather story: drought.

  • A new normal for snow

    A new normal for snow

    The dry 2000s means snow trackers have to adjust "normal" downward.

  • Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    A map shows Western snowpacks as of April 1, 2012, and notes record-breaking heat and dry weather in the Southwest.

  • The gift of runoff in a wet season

    The gift of runoff in a wet season

    After too many recent dry years, residents of the Rocky Mountains are relishing the music of running water.

  • Bear witness to climate change

    Bear witness to climate change

    To imagine what your corner of the West will be like in a warmer climate, consider how different plants and animals are at a lower elevation.

  • The West’s wacky weather

    The West’s weather is full of surprises this spring, with snowstorms, windstorms, rain and wildfires all happening at the same time.

  • Where there's fire, there's global warming

    Climate scientist Anthony Westerling is working to illuminate the connection between rising global temperatures and the increasing ferocity of the West’s forest fires

  • Climate-change clues — in tropical glaciers

    In Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountain Ranges, mountain climber and physicist Mark Bowen follows researchers who are finding clues to climate change in high-altitude tropical glaciers

  • The wild, wild weather

    Whatever the cause, the weather in the West this last year has been wild and wacky

  • What happened to winter?

    An unusual winter sends ripples through the West's water and wildlife systems, and leaves scientists wondering whether global warming is the cause.

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