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Warming shrivels future snowstorms

The influence of the changing climate on individual snowstorms has been uncertain, in part due to the use of coarse model simulations. Now, research employing more detailed simulations finds fewer and smaller snowstorms as a result of warming, with a reduction in the amount and extent of extreme snowfall.

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Fig. 1: Snowmaking during a low snowfall season.

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Baxter, M.A. Warming shrivels future snowstorms. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 494–495 (2020).

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