Snow on the Sierra Nevada, USA, 2013

Snow on the Sierra Nevada, USA, 2013


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Snow cover on the Sierra Nevada mountain range (down centre), California, USA, on 18th January 2013. California is to the left of the mountain range, Nevada is to the right. At top left are the Cascade Mountains, with the Coast Range below them. Around one third of California's water supply comes from snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada mountains. At this point California was a year into a severe drought that is still continuing, and worsening, in 2014. Image obtained by the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite. For an image of the same area in January 2014 see C019/5203.

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