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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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.