The receding Great Salt Lake in Utah is causing significant issues for the state’s ski industry. Dust blowing off the dry areas surrounding the lake is landing on nearby slopes and coating the usually pristine white snow. This dust acts as a heat absorber, causing the snow to melt earlier than usual. The early melting poses numerous challenges for Utah, including a shorter ski season, decreased snowpack for water supply, and potential negative impacts on the state’s economy. Efforts are underway to mitigate the effects of the dust on the snow, but the situation remains a concern for the region.
Today: November 30, 2023