New High-Tech Snow Measurements Could Help California Better Manage Drought

Mar 19, 2018

This map shows the basins that NASA's Aerial Snow Observatory currently flies over. The blue and white hues show depth for nearly all the snow in the basins compared to the averages taken through snow surveys and sensors (represented by the circles).
Credit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Sierra Nevada is currently blanketed in fresh powder from recent storms.  But the traditional way of measuring how much water is in all of that snow isn't vey accurate.  That's a problem in California where every drop matters.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on an innovative new way to calculate the snowpack.