One photo shows the severity of California’s drought
A new study in the journal “Nature Climate Change” confirms that California is in the midst of a serious drought: the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is lower than it has ever been in the past 500 years. The study is supported by photos taken by NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer satellite in 2010 and 2015, in March when the snowpack is usually at its peak. The white area of snow, the mountain range’s reserve of water in the form of snow, has diminished dramatically in the past five years alone. Deeper analysis revealed that in 2015, the Tuolumne River Basin in the Sierras contained just 40% as much water in the form of ice and snow as it did when the region’s snowpack levels were highest in 2014.
Business Insider: 15 Sep 2015
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