California’s Near-Record Snowpack Is Melting Into Raging Rivers

Increased snowmelt from Mount Whitney is turning Kern River into a dangerous playground for kayakers and other white-water enthusiasts.

After a decade of drought, high snow levels this year are melting and turning California rivers into dangerous hazards. At Kern River, at least six people have died this year.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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