Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Research article
10 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 10 Feb 2016

Snow and albedo climate change impacts across the United States Northern Great Plains

S. R. Fassnacht, M. L. Cherry, N. B. H. Venable, and F. Saavedra


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AR by Steven Fassnacht on behalf of the Authors (17 Nov 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Nov 2015) by Philip Marsh
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (10 Dec 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Jan 2016) by Philip Marsh
AR by Steven Fassnacht on behalf of the Authors (11 Jan 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
We used 60 years of daily meteorological data from 20 stations across the US Northern Great Plains to examine climate trends, focusing on the winter climate. Besides standard climate trends, we computed trends in snowfall amounts, days with precipitation, days with snow, and modelled winter albedo (surface reflectivity). Daily minimum temperatures and days with precipitation increased at most locations, while winter albedo decreased at many stations. There was much spatial variability.