Water year 2004: Western water managers feel the heat

Eos, Earth and Space Science News
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This spring, a rare combination of exceptionally warm temperatures and near-record lack of precipitation in the western United States caused a rapid change in hydrologic conditions and an unexpectedly early onset of spring conditions.

With much of the western U.S. already in its fifth year of drought, an above-average western snowpack on 1 March 2004 provided hope for much-needed abundant runoff. Unfortunately snowmelt began far earlier than anticipated, resulting in dramatic declines in seasonal spring-summer streamflow forecasts as the month proceeded, declines more rapid by some measures than ever before in the past 75 years. With reservoirs near historic lows, many water users have been hard pressed to deal with the continuing drought.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Water year 2004: Western water managers feel the heat
Series title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
DOI 10.1029/2004EO400001
Volume 85
Issue 40
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher AGU Publications
Contributing office(s) San Francisco Bay-Delta, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, Pacific Regional Director's Office
Description 9 p.
First page 385
Last page 393
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