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    Ongoing warm-up hikes chances of spring floods and shrinking supply of water from snowpack. By Stuart Leavenwo August 16, 2004 The Sacramento Bee Excerpt: For
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      Ongoing warm-up hikes chances of spring floods and shrinking supply of water from snowpack.

      By Stuart Leavenwo
      August 16, 2004
      The Sacramento Bee

      Excerpt:

      For the first time, California's updated state water plan recognizes
      the likelihood of global warming, and it urges agencies to
      incorporate climate predictions into their blueprints for new flood-
      control channels and other infrastructure.

      Maury Roos, the state's chief hydrologist, says California has long
      built its reservoirs and aqueducts assuming that historic weather
      patterns will repeat themselves.

      "With global warming, that assumption may not be valid," says Roos.
      As Earth warms, he says, scientists expect that winter precipitation
      will increasingly come in the form of rain instead of snow. Flood
      risks could increase in the spring, and reservoirs may not fill as
      regularly as they have in the past.

      Already, Roos and other scientists have noticed a shift in spring
      snowmelt. A century ago, the Sacramento River generated about 45
      percent of its runoff from April through June, he said. Now, with the
      snow melting earlier, less than 35 percent arrives during that period.

      "You look at these trends and you wonder, what is happening?" said
      Roos, who spent the past several decades poring over state water
      records.

      http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/v-print/story/10397394p-11317084c.html


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