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Spring onset in the Sierra Nevada: When is snowmelt independent of elevation?

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Spring onset in the Sierra Nevada: When is snowmelt independent of elevation?; 2004; Article; Journal; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Lundquist, J. D.; Cayan, D. R.; Dettinger, M. D.

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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 that draining much larger basins gauged at lower altitudes, and streams from north- and south-facing cirques rose and fell together. Historical analysis demonstrates that 2002 was one among only 8 yr with such synchronous flow onsets during [...]

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J.D. Lundquist, D.R. Cayan, M.D. Dettinger
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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1175/1525-7541(2004)005<0327:SOITSN>2.0.CO;2
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