Well into spring 2017, the Sierra snowpack is 200 percent of normal. That’s a big difference from a few years ago – the snowpack was 2 percent of normal on May 1, 2015. This series of satellite images shows the snow accumulation from space at roughly the same time of year for the past five years.
This animation from the National Weather Service office in Sacramento provides the NWS prediction for precipitation in the northern part of the state through Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Are we turning the corner into warm, dry weather?
"What a difference 2 years makes!" writes Jimmy Griffin, the resident who produced this impressive video, on his Facebook page. The video shows the dramatic increase of water on the Truckee River during the 2017 winter in Lake Tahoe, California, compared to 2015. It was a record-breaking year with over 700 inches of snow and 89.7 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley.
Anticipating an increase in whitewater rafters in a year of record precipitation, outfitting company O.A.R.S. went to the swift-running American River for a recent training session to prepare rafting guides for the high water and challenging conditions they will face.
National Weather Service Sacramento predicts a brief break this morning from the rain, but another round of precipitation moving in to Northern California Wednesday afternoon and into the evening with increasing clouds. Chances for rain continue through Thursday, but it shouldn't amount to much.
Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth is giving hope to Northern California skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to see this historic season end. The resort may stay open through the summer and fall. In celebration, here's a video of an awesome run down Palisades.
There is no audio in this clip from French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who's aboard the International Space Station. He tweeted this stunning timelapse video of the bright lights of California seen from space with flashes of lightning on the horizon. It's shown here twice.
El Departamento de Transporte del estado dijo que las cadenas se requerían el jueves por la mañana en las montañas sobre Interstate 80 y Highway 50. Dave Wood, el superintendente de mantenimiento de la región de Donner Pass-Sutter / Sierra, advierte a los conductores que manejen lentamente en la Sierra.
The state Department of Transportation said chains were required Thursday morning in the mountains on both Interstate 80 and Highway 50. Dave Wood, Caltrans' maintenance-area superintendent for the Donner Pass-Sutter/Sierra Region, warns motorists to drive slowly in the Sierra.