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Mitch Tobin

Mitch Tobin is co-director of The Water Desk and a multimedia journalist based in southwest Colorado. A former newspaper reporter in Arizona and California, Mitch is the author of Snow News, a free newsletter about the science of snow and the state of the snowpack.

How this spring’s snowpack is stacking up

No joke: April 1 readings were decent across many parts of the West, but some areas are still stuck in a snow drought

10 visuals that show how climate change is transforming the West’s snow and water...

The latest National Climate Assessment warns of a shrinking snowpack and serious downstream consequences.

Reading list: great snow journalism

If you’re looking for a crash course on snow and the Western snowpack, check out this great reporting, writing, and visual storytelling.

Why atmospheric rivers can be both harmful and helpful

These "rivers in the sky" can cause catastrophic flooding but are also critical for the West's snowpack

Helpful sites for tracking snow and the (subpar) snowpack

There’s no shortage of websites with maps and graphics visualizing snow forecasts and the state of the snowpack.

Staying safe with the Winter Storm Severity Index

This pragmatic tool from federal forecasters illustrates where snow, ice, and wind can be deadly and disruptive.

Scientists use simple cameras to answer complex questions about forests and the snowpack

“Snowtography” captures how the snowpack can vary dramatically across short distances

Water Desk expands free multimedia library

The Water Desk is excited to be partnering with photojournalist Ted Wood to expand our free multimedia library of water-related imagery.

Deadline approaching: apply for water journalism grants

Update: this deadline is now passed. Thanks for your interest in our grant programs. To stay up to date, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our email newsletter. The Water Desk is now accepting applications for...

Data viz: explore our interactive dashboards for drought, precipitation and snowpack

These maps and visualizations let you interact with vital data on our water supply.