Washington: Warming and Wildfires

Washington: Warming and Wildfires

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

Wildfires are on the rise in the State of Washington, as they are in much of the American West and climate change looks at least partly responsible.

Mountain Snowmelt and Fire

Mountain Snowmelt and Fire

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

In recent decades in the American West, wildfires have burned about 17 times more land in years with early snowmelt than with late.

Early vs. Late Snowmelt

Early vs. Late Snowmelt

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.

Acres Burned in Washington

Acres Burned in Washington

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

Wildfires in Washington State have increased significantly in recent years, a shift that appears linked to climate change.

Tripod Fire Satellite View

Tripod Fire Satellite View

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.

Montana: Trout and Drought

Montana: Trout and Drought

  • Published: Oct 31st, 2008

Montana's recreational fishing and agricultural industries depend on cool waters flowing from melting snow high in the mountains throughout the summer. But across Montana, rising temperatures are causing a series of changes.