Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Climate change

Impacts in the third dimension

Despite reports of no trends in snow- and rainfall, rivers in the northwest USA have run lower and lower in recent decades. A closer look at high- and low-altitude precipitation suggests that observational networks have missed a decline in mountain rain and snow that can explain the discrepancy.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Changing winds.

References

  1. Luce, C. H. & Holden, Z. A. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L16401 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Fu, G., Barber, M. & Chen, S. Hydrol. Proc. 24, 866–878 (2010).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Mote, P. W., Hamlet, A. F., Clark, M. P. & Lettenmaier, D. P. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 86, 39–49 (2005).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Barnett, T. P. et al. Science 319, 1080–1083 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Luce, C. H., Abatzoglou, J. T. & Holden, Z. A. Science 342, 1360–1364 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Rhea, J. O. & Grant, L. O in Advanced Concepts and Techniques in the Study of Snow and Ice Resources: Interdisciplinary Symposium December 1973, Proceedings (eds Santeford, H. S. & Smith, J. L.) 182–192 (1974).

    Google Scholar 

  7. Neiman, P. J., White, A. B., Ralph, F. M., Gottas, D. J. & Gutman, S. I. Water Management 162, 83–94 (2009).

    Google Scholar 

  8. Das, T., Pierce, D. W., Cayan, D. R., Vano, J. A. & Lettenmaier, D. P. Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L23403 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Michael Dettinger.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Dettinger, M. Impacts in the third dimension. Nature Geosci 7, 166–167 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2096

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2096

This article is cited by

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing