Satellite image shows the varied landscapes of central and eastern California. On the left is the verdant green San Joaquin Valley, cutting diagonally across the image from top left to bottom right are the Sierra Nevada Mountains which are significantly whitened by this winter's snowfall. To the right is the more arid and sandy climate, typical to Nevada. There are sporadic snow covered peaks.

A “Surprisingly Average” Year for Sierra Snowpack

The amount of snow in the California-Nevada mountain range was about average in April 2024—a rare occurrence. View the full story

Credits: NASA Earth Observatory / Wanmei Liang