Originally Posted by BilloutWest
Historically the emphasis has been the snow in the mountains.
With the new normal becoming less of that the lower elevation water loss becomes more important than it used to be.
Thanks for clear explanation.
I know in SW Utah our snow line has changed in the last few years. It was Christmas before we got our first real snow storm of the year. We are already snowless again. Normally by mid-November we have snow that sticks and weeks of bitter cold from mid-December to late January. And its not just us in SW Utah; was just skiing at Sundance 2 weeks ago and it was raining on the lower resort for 3 days straight.
The author who just wrote about Wasatach snow mentioned that data analysis seems to be showing that the new snow line is rising in altitude. I think regionally it has risen to closer to 7000 feet, which puts were I live in for some major change (5700 ft). I assume there will be pros (earlier releases?) and cons (shorter seasons?) if that holds out but its hard not to be sad as rivers like the Virgin have relatively fewer years of average flows.
Maybe things will turn around but I am not holding my breathe.