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Daniel Swain: Axios—California on track for record snow year as storms cause chaos across state

Climate scientist Daniel Swain noted in an online discussion that in the past decade, California will have experienced some of the most snowy years on record and also “the least snowy years on record,” which he said “really speaks to this notion of hydro climate whiplash.”

What we’re watching: Swain said that given the outlook of “a continuation of very active and cold, snowy conditions for at least the next couple of weeks, it’s very possible” parts of the state could end up with “one of the top two snow years” on record.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this goes over the next few weeks before the snow accumulation season starts to tail off in April,” the University of California, Los Angeles, scientist said.

The bottom line, per Swain: “Regardless, we’re going to end this year with a very large Sierra Nevada snowpack.”