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Rising night temps melt snowpack

About 14 percent of the Spokane River basin’s snowpack melted away over the past couple of weeks. Sunny skies weren’t responsible for the rapid snow loss. The culprit was nighttime mountain temperatures that were 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal. “We’re not cooling off enough at night to freeze things up,” said Scott Pattee, water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Researchers say warmer nights are a trend consistent with climate change, and one that could have serious long-term ramifications for Northwest snowpack and summer water supplies/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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