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How the Micrometeorology of Alpine Forests Affects Snowmelt

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A photograph taken from a drone at a research site in the Swiss Alps shows snow disappearance patterns around a break in the forest canopy. These patterns vary according to tree position, sunlight and shade, and snow-covered and snow-free ground. Credit: Clare Webster

A field study in the Swiss Alps showed considerable spatial and temporal variability in forest air and surface temperatures, with implications for snowmelt models

September 25, 2017 — Warming temperatures in spring herald the melting of snow in mountains and higher-latitude regions. Predicting the timing and speed of snowmelt is important for local communities as they prepare for knock-on effects such as increased river levels or the end of the snow sports season. Continue reading How the Micrometeorology of Alpine Forests Affects Snowmelt

More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

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MEANS OF TRANSPORT. Residents in a canoe paddle on the flooded streets in Pierrefonds, Canada on Sunday May 7, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

A combination of torrential rains and runoff from melting snow has caused rivers to overflow their banks from Ottawa to Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada (May 8, 2017) — With heavy rains persisting and waters still rising over much of waterlogged eastern Canada, the nation’s military on Sunday, May 7, tripled the number of troops urgently working to evacuate thousands of residents. Continue reading More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding