Sierra Nevada Snowpack Remains Abundant as Summer Begins : Image of the Day

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Thanks to a series of drought-busting storms, the mountain range has unusually thick and extensive snow cover this year.

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Remains Abundant as Summer Begins

acquired June 7, 2017download large image (6 MB, JPEG, 2550×2646)

acquired June 20, 2016download large image (6 MB, JPEG, 2550×2646)

A late-season storm struck northern California in June and added more snow to the unusually thick blanket already topping the Sierra Nevada range.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a pair of images (above) of the mountains near Yosemite National Park and the Toulumne watershed on June 7, 2017, and June 20, 2016. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured the second pair of images (below)—a broader view of the Sierra Nevada—on June 13, 2017 and June 7, 2016. In addition to the more extensive snow cover in 2017, notice the greener…

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