The Snowpack in the Californian Mountains Quadruples

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Satellite image of the snowpack in the Sierra mountains
Satellite image of the snowpack in the Sierra mountains (image credit: NASA).

Data from NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory shows that the snowpack in the Tuolumne Basin of the Sierra Nevada mountains is 1.5 cubic kilometers, which is more than the previous 4 years combined. Californians are surely enjoying the extra precipitation, as they have been in a drought for the last 5 years. The Airborne Snow Observatory  uses a combination of LIDAR and Imaging Spectrometer fixed to a small plane to measure the snowpack in the mountains of California.

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The Snowpack in the Californian Mountains Quadruples
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