Crater Lake (Credit: Samion, via Wikimedia Commons)
Data collected by the National Park Service show that annual snowfall around Crater Lake is in decline year over year, according to the Statesman Journal. The average levels have gone down about 150 inches since data were first collected in 1931.
At that time, the yearly average was 614 inches of snowfall. The first decade of the 2000s saw averages of only 460 inches of snow.
As a result, rangers at Crater Lake National Park say they are preparing for less snowfall in the future. They note less snowmelt will likely impact Crater Lake’s levels, despite averages of rainfall that have held steady over the same period.
Image: Crater Lake (Credit: Samion, via Wikimedia Commons)