Obama tries to persuade on Climate: The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year. “It was a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment,” recalled White House counselor John D. Podesta, one of two aides who briefed the president that February day. Obama mentioned the images several times as he warned the governors that political leaders had no choice but to cope with global warming’s impact.
D'Aleo Rips: 'In 2010/11, near record or record western snowpack lasted well into the summer. They would have been seeing widespread white if he had flown then. Its called weather. Snows improved in March and April in the west. Precipitation in the Sierra is down 38% for the season but is likely to recover with El Nino the next year. Meanwhile ice on the Great Lakes is setting all-time records for this time of year and globally sea ice is at a new record.'