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Space-based satellite images strikingly highlight California’s shift from dry to lush

The landscape of traditionally dry California has suffered significant change as a result of an exceptionally cold winter.

So at the current agency meeting, Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources, reflected on the state’s unusual winter and noted it had been “exceptional throughout the western U.S.” in its ability to “go from very, very moist to very, very dryness and return to very, very wet.”

The situation on August 16, 2022, is depicted in the image, taken by NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.

By March 26, 2023, when the picture shown was taken, lush greenery had taken the place of the dark browns. Across the Sierra, snow fell.

Following is an identical side-by-side photograph from August 24, 2021, and March 25, 2022, for critics who would suppose such a massive change occurs each year during summer and spring.

The difference from last year wasn’t quite as noticeable as it is this year, even though the scenery becomes greener, and several flakes of snow start to cover mountains.

Last Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom dramatically relaxed drought-related regulations. Based on the U.S. Drought Monitor, over two-thirds of the state wasn’t any longer experiencing drought since March 21.

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