San Francisco Chronicle | Lizzie Johnson | Jul 27, 2017
Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle | Boating across Lake Tahoe, California on Tuesday Aug. 30, 2016, towards the western shoreline.
Intense seasonal changes in 2016 — hallmarks of climate change — killed huge swaths of forest around the lake and nourished invasive species, according to the annual Tahoe State of the Lake Report released Thursday by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
The beloved vacation spot, researchers said, now sees summer conditions for 26 more days than it did in 1968, boosting the danger of devastating wildfires, while the spring snowmelt has moved up 19 days since 1961. The report was based on conditions measured throughout last year.