From UCLA Newsroom Warmer temperatures will increase rainfall during heavy wintertime precipitation events and reduce snowpack that usually melts throughout the spring and summer. This means mountain reservoirs that currently catch this runoff could be overwhelmed in the winter and dry in summer, said Xingying Huang, who led the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Climate Science in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The research is published in Geophysical Research Letters. “When the heavy snow events of the past become heavy rain events in the future — and they’re even bigger than before — downstream communities face a greater risk of flooding,” said Huang, who is now continuing her postdoctoral work at UC Santa Barbara. (more)