Snow depth in Sierra Nevada has been relatively steady past 100 years
LAKE TAHOE — It's well known that California, and especially the Sierra Nevada, can have wild fluctuations in weather. But, according to one new study, the average snowfall depth has been relatively steady over the past 130 years.
“There isn't a trend significantly different from zero for the whole period,” said the study's author, John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama. “I also looked at just the past 50 years and there is no trend over this recent stretch either.”
Christy, a critic of global warming science, contends the study's findings contradict concerns that snowfall in the Sierra Nevada is disappearing due to manmade climate change. ...