Climate Change snow absent abandoned prairie house northern Great Plains Williams County Tioga North Dakota Americana Collection

Climate Change North Dakota – Americana Collection

Based on 30-year norms, Tioga, North Dakota, receives 28 inches of snow between Jan 1 and April 15 with an annual average snowfall of 47 inches. Usually, three inches of frozen white flakes fall in a single 24-hour period each April. With regional temperatures normally below freezing, snow is slow to melt. Just ten years ago, annual snowfall was 500x greater than now.1 With climate change this year, mid-April daytime high temperatures were in the 60s and nighttime lows were near or above freezing, snow was absent from the dusty prairie landscape.

1National Ice Center. 2008, updated daily. IMS Daily Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice Analysis at 1 km, 4 km, and 24 km Resolutions, Version 1. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: May 10, 2019.

camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR Zoom 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
focal length: 160mm | exposure: f/11 – 1/1250 – ISO 500