Dust on Snow Controls Springtime River Rise in West
Dust, not spring warmth, controls the pace of spring snowmelt that feeds the headwaters of the Colorado River, according to a new study. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the amount of dust on mountain snowpack controls how fast the Colorado Basin's rivers rise in the spring regardless of air temperature; more dust is associated with faster spring runoff and higher peak flows.
This story is based on one from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Banner image is by Jeff Deems, University of Colorado Boulder