Skintrack Sketches: Artist Jill Pelto documents climate change through watercolor

Artist Jill Pelto loves the natural sciences. From a young age, she worked with her glaciologist father Mauri Pelto in the field while growing up in Worchester, Mass. Pelto got her B.A. in studio art and earth science and went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a Masters of Science in 2018.

Above-average snowpack across the West delays pass openings

For some, summer is a time for bike rides and float trips, but for others, there are still turns to be found. This year’s unusually high snowpack—California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains hitting 120 percent of the mid-June snowpack average—means many mountain passes are opening up late this season.