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In this photo on Aug. 7, 2015, a team of scientists climb Sholes Glacier in Mount Baker, Washington. It appears a pattern of heavy Pacific Northwest storms may have obscured the effects of climate change over the past 20 years.
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It appears a pattern of heavy storms in the Pacific Northwest may have obscured the effects of climate change over the past 20 years. Researchers here have identified a southern shift in the jet stream as a source of heavy precipitation that built up snow pack and glacier mass in Washington and Oregon, while they were declining elsewhere.

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