Spring Onset in the Sierra Nevada: When Is Snowmelt Independent of Elevation?

@article{Lundquist2004SpringOI,
  title={Spring Onset in the Sierra Nevada: When Is Snowmelt Independent of Elevation?},
  author={Jessica D. Lundquist and Daniel R. Cayan and Michael D. Dettinger},
  journal={Journal of Hydrometeorology},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={327-342}
}
  • Jessica D. Lundquist, Daniel R. Cayan, Michael D. Dettinger
  • Published 2004
  • Geology
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology
  • Short-term climate and weather systems can have a strong influence on mountain snowmelt, sometimes overwhelming the effects of elevation and aspect. Although most years exhibit a spring onset that starts first at lowest and moves to highest elevations, in spring 2002, flow in a variety of streams within the Tuolumne and Merced River basins of the southern Sierra Nevada all rose synchronously on 29 March. Flow in streams draining small high-altitude glacial subcatchments rose at the same time as… CONTINUE READING

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