Briefly: Snow is melting earlier in wildfire burn scars, new research finds

The Atlantic reports on newly published research, finding that snow in wildfire-burned areas is fully melting 18-24 days earlier than average. Study authors also found that wildfires are moving into places where snowmelt typically occurs later in the year — with 70% of these cooler, higher or wetter late-melt zones seeing an increase in wildfire activity. As wildfire changes how snowmelt occurs, it affects downstream water managers and water users who rely on snowmelt for water supplies and storage.

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