Runoff from Snow in the West

A new study estimates that over 50% of the runoff in the western US comes from snowmelt, yet snowfall makes up only 37% of total precipitation.

Ocean and Cascades to Dampen Heat Waves?

A new study suggests that although heat waves will be more common as the planet warms, the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade mountains could play a buffering role here in the Northwest.

Whither Wetter Winter Weather?

Climate models have long projected a wide range of how wet the Pacific Northwest’s winters will be under climate change. Now a new study shows what might account for this range.