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Pacific NW snowpack is dismal as seen from space


Photo courtesy: NASA

“Specifically, snowpack in Washington and Oregon is at very low levels. A NASA report says Washington’s snowpack is just 16 percent of normal, and that will likely lead to the lowest yearly runoff in 64 years. It’s not any better to the south; Oregon’s snow surveys revealed the state’s mountain peaks are averaging a snowpack that’s just 11 percent of normal, the lowest level since 1992.”

“NASA’s Aqua satellite recently pointed its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) at the Northwest and captured a very striking image, especially when compared to a similar image from a year ago. With the typical “dry season” ahead, the photo illustrates bad news for a region that relies on snowmelt to keep aquifers full in the summer months,” quoting The Weather Channel.
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Posted by Steve on May 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

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