These two natural-color satellite images of the snow cover in the Sierra Nevada in California and Nevada show the last year with average winter snowfall, 2010, compared with 2015 -- a year that had the lowest snowpack in 500 years. The images were taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite.

Claim: Sierra Nevada snowpack lowest in five centuries

From the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada in 2015 was at the lowest level in the past 500 years, according to a new report led by University of Arizona researchers. The team’s research is the first to show how the 2015 snowpack compares with snowpack levels for the previous five centuries. “Our…


Tracking the Blizzard of 2015

National Weather Service forecasters have been tracking a low pressure area that moved from the Midwest into the Atlantic Ocean today, and is expected to become a strong nor’easter that will bring blizzard conditions to the northeastern U.S. The path of the system was captured in a NASA movie of NOAA’s GOES-East satellite imagery. An…


Snow in Palermo, Sicily

[on Jan 1, 2015] “In Rome, arctic-inspired winds brought temperatures as low as minus eight degrees Celsius,” says this video by David DuByne. “Palermo woke up under a white blanket,”Dozens of cars are trapped in snows towards Tripoli.” Meanwhile in Norway, they had to remove snow from below the chairlifts because there was too much…