Lake Tahoe is showing some severe impacts from the changing climate.
Indicators released Thursday in the annual “State of the Lake” report packed a few surprises, even for scientists.
For one thing, the lake has been warming faster than ever recorded. In 2015 the lake's average temperature rose 0.48 degrees Fahrenheit -- and over the last four years, the rise was 15 times faster than the lake's historic warming rate.
"That came as a surprise to me," says Geoffrey Schladow, a UC Davis freshwater scientist and lead author of the report.
Given the enormous volume of Lake Tahoe, Schladow is struck by how quickly it warmed. Schladow says if you took the full volume of water in Tahoe and spread it out over California, it would cover the state in 15 inches of water.