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Rising temperatures will cause Oregon’s snowpack to melt earlier and lead to drier summers, raising fears of increased catastrophic wildfires, a new Obama administration report on climate change warned last week.
Between 1895 and 2011, temperatures increased across the Pacific Northwest by an average of 1.3 degrees, according to the National Climate Assessment, an interagency report released Tuesday that summarizes the latest science on climate change.
Scientific models predict that by the end of this century, average temperatures in the region will increase by an additional 3.3 to 9.7 degrees.
As a result, Oregon’s snowpack will melt three to four weeks earlier in the year by 2050, putting additional strain on a much-in-demand resource.
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