California Snowpack Ski Trek

In this photo taken April 1, 2017, members of a California Cooperative Snow Survey team ski toward Bishop Pass in Inyo National Forest near Bishop, Calif. Despite new technologies, California’s snowpack is still measured the old-fashioned way: by skiers who manually measure the depth and water content of the snowpack. The practice remains an important way to verify and fine-tune remotely collected data. (AP Photo/Brian Melley) (Credit: AP)

The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell California’s snowpack.

After years of wallowing in drought, this winter walloped California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in a major, record-setting way. And while the calendar says summer, winter still has its grips on the granite spine of the Sierras.

NASA Earth Observatory released satellite imagery on Thursday that shows what a difference a year makes. Snowpack is at 170 percent of normal when averaged across the state and some areas are reporting way higher totals than that, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Alpine Meadows, located just west of Lake Tahoe, reported 288 inches of snow on the ground (no, that’s not a typo) as of early June. Deep green hues of healthy vegetation also extend down …read more

Source:: Salon – Innovation

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