Recent Western wildfire seasons have been devastating—large swaths of forest have burned and many homes and businesses destroyed. As the fires continue to burn and the smoke clears, many are left wondering whether the burned areas will recover and whether the forests will be able to regrow. The good news is that, in most cases, the burned areas will eventually […]
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2021 Snowfall at Mammoth. Photo Credit: ABC News Precipitation forms at the cloud level when a cloud’s moisture condensates on an aerosol catalyst of some kind. The droplet continues to freeze, condense, and gain moisture until it is heavy enough to fall to the earth. Oftentimes, this aerosol catalyst takes the form of minerals such as calcium, aluminum, or magnesium. […]
While the Eastern Seaboard has broken numerous records for water and precipitation over the past few years, the West has taken a much drier and warmer pattern. Since 2000, the Mountain West still sees a good year here and there—even a record snowy one. Yet, the trend for precipitation over the last 22 years has largely pointed downwards from the […]