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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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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.