A look at annual and seasonal precipitation projections for the Pacific Northwest to the year 2100.
An analysis of the future climate of the Columbia River Basin helps create a better understanding of the differences between climate models.
Future warming in the Northwest may be less severe during large precipitation events.
A new look at how atmospheric rivers and extreme precipitation will increase in a changing climate.
A new study points to shortcomings in precipitation modeling that may hinder adaptation efforts.
Following an historic drought, some areas of the Northwest are seeing their wettest winters on record.
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.
Climate change is expected to influence where and how much snow will blanket our future winters. According to a new study, that change is already happening.
A new research method could help scientists and even resource managers jump computational hurdles. It’s been put to the test in the Willamette Water 2100 project.
The Northwest under climate change
More and stronger winter deluges will pummel the West Coast as the climate warms, projections show. Researchers at the University of Washington looked into the size and frequency of future “atmospheric rivers” — those long, narrow swaths of moist air loaded with tropical or subtropical vapor that trigger many of the biggest flooding events on…
Some of the wettest storms in the Northwest are “atmospheric rivers.” This is a catchy name for a phenomenon in which an elongated band of warm moist air intersects with the Pacific coast of North America. Researchers long have known that atmospheric river events are linked to their subtropical moisture source. But a new look…