People snowshoe along the Pacific Crest Trail at Donner Summit California State Snopark in Soda Springs on Jan. 12.(Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle)
People snowshoe along the Pacific Crest Trail at Donner Summit California State Snopark in Soda Springs on Jan. 12.(Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle)

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Daniel Swain for LA Times —California is in a ‘snow drought.’ Why this week’s atmospheric rivers won’t be enough to end it

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses California’s “snow drought” for Los Angeles Times, sharing insights on the challenges the state faces despite forecasts of heavy rain and potential flooding. Swain shares that while the upcoming storms may bring more snow to the mountains, with a rain-snow transition line shifting upwards due to El Niño conditions and climate change.

“Historically El Niño winters weren’t that much warmer than other winters in California, but now they are. That’s climate change,” Swain said.