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The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Snow droughts can also have far-reaching effects on agriculture — and economies. A snow drought in Afghanistan in 2017-2018 triggered crop failures and livestock loses that left 10 million people food insecure. The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Better understanding of how to measure and track snow droughts can give water managers another tool to help plan for similar droughts and to better manage this changing resource.

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