Climate changes may mean summertime hail could disappear from the eastern flank of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains by 2070, a new study shows.
While less hail damage could be good news for gardeners and farmers, a shift from hail to rain can also mean more runoff, which could raise the risk of flash floods.
“In this region of elevated terrain, hail may lessen the risk of flooding because it takes awhile to melt,” says Kelly Mahoney, a research scientist at University of Colorado-Boulder. “Decision makers may not want to count on that in the future.”
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