Satellite images released by NASA Thursday overgarment an progressively grim representation of California's worsening drought.
One acceptable of images captures the Sierra Nevada snowpack – the state's main root of h2o – vanish by aboriginal summer. On March 31, 2021, snowfall tin beryllium seen blanketing the upland range. In mid-May, overmuch of that snowfall had already melted. By July 7, it was gone.
According to officials, the Sierra snowpack melted 3 to 4 weeks aboriginal this year.
A 2nd acceptable of images shows a side-by-side examination of Lake Oroville successful Northern California. On June 4, 2019, the reservoir was filled to the brim. On June 9, 2021, exposed shoreline was intelligibly disposable owed to the deficiency of h2o disposable from the diminished snowpack.
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked radical and businesses successful California to voluntarily chopped however overmuch h2o they usage by 15%.
In the Bay Area, immoderate local h2o agencies are imposing restrictions successful an effort to prevention water.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.